Editor's Note: This series is designed to provide answers as to why we should pursue serious study of the Bible and to dispel the false notion that serious study cannot lead to personal, spiritual transformation. Each fall it is my happy privilege to teach Biblical interpretation at our church. And each fall the point that … Continue reading Why Study The Bible? Part 1
Sunday, November 5th another gunman ascribed to himself the authority to take human life. And now an unsuspecting, rural church is left with unspeakable wounds which they will carry with them for the rest of their lives, as literally half of the congregation was killed and most of the rest injured in some way. Monday, … Continue reading A Pastoral Response To The Sutherland Springs Tragedy
Real, true, honest-to-goodness apologies are hard to come by. We know this because we've experienced times where a real apology would've been so life-giving to us after being wounded by someone we love and respect. And, unfortunately, we know this because there have likely been times when we were the ones who needed to give … Continue reading 3 Words To Avoid In Your Apology
Parenting, if you want to do it well, is one of the toughest jobs in the world. I didn't always believe this, but I certainly do now. This especially holds true if you are a parent who is seeking to follow Christ. Not only do you want to ensure your child's physical and emotional development, … Continue reading What Do I Do After I’ve Had A Parenting Fail?
There have been many posts from the Christian blogosphere lately, dealing with whether or not Christians should watch Game of Thrones. Like Kevin DeYoung, I have not watched the show myself. Some would argue that this fact alone disqualifies me from offering any perspective. While I think such a stance is rather illogical, this post isn't … Continue reading Game of Thrones, Christians, & A Plea For Humility
From time to time, regardless of one's vocational roles or responsibilities, it is good to stop and examine why we do what we do. This especially holds true for those of us who have been called to the task of pastoral ministry. I'm calling this article a gut check because that's exactly what it was … Continue reading A Gut Check For My Brother-Pastors
Editor's Note: This series is for those who want to better understand the New Testament's historical-cultural background. You can find previous posts in this series here. It's rather embarrassing to admit that I'm just now finishing this series after beginning it in November. And I'm not just now finishing it because of the wealth of material … Continue reading New Testament Backgrounds For Beginners: Conclusion
I belong to the Southern Baptist Convention and so do approximately 16 million others throughout the United States. Yet despite such a number, the average weekly attendance in Southern Baptist churches all across America is less than 6 million. What this means is that on any given Sunday, there are more than 10 million Southern Baptists who … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be A Church Member?
Editor's Note: This series is for those who want to better understand the New Testament's historical-cultural background, but aren't sure where to start. Parts 1 and 2 can be found here and here, respectively. As we venture in to week 3 of New Testament backgrounds, I want us to get a feel for what Rome's expansion policies were … Continue reading New Testament Backgrounds For Beginners: Pt. 3
Editor's Note: This series is for those who want to better understand the New Testament's historical-cultural background, but aren't sure where to start. Part 1 of this series can be found here. Last week I introduced this series by giving you a broad timeline of the New Testament's historical context (356 B.C.-A.D. 313) and the three … Continue reading New Testament Backgrounds For Beginners: Pt. 2