One of the reasons I'm writing an article about a summer reading list has to due with, in large part, the fact that yesterday, April 8th, it was snowing here in Missouri. Thus, turning my thoughts toward summer reading is a pleasant thought to me at the moment. But there is another reason... One of the hardest … Continue reading A Few Good Books For Your Summer Reading List
This question is very understandable and I've actually asked it myself many times. But before I answer it, let me start with a brief word about myself and my journey with this idea of church membership. Not long after I became a Christian, I actually found myself in a conversation on this exact topic. And … Continue reading Why Formally “Join” A Church?
It may not seem like a big deal where you live, but in the small town of Warsaw, Missouri, it was rather groundbreaking when our local Wal-mart opened up a self-checkout section alongside their traditional cashiers. For many of us, Wal-Mart seems to be a necessary evil. It has all the items we need at … Continue reading Why I Don’t Use The Self-Checkout At Wal-Mart Anymore
If someone were to ask you how being a part of your local church impacts your day-to-day life, how would you answer? Or, to put the question another way, how should our lives be different because we belong to a local church? When we allow the Bible to be our guide, what we find is … Continue reading Why & How You Should Seek To Belong To A Local Church In 2018
As 2017 begins to draw to a close, I'm thankful that the Lord has allowed us another year to produce content which has hopefully proved to be edifying to the Church and encouraging to the pastors called to care for her in their own unique contexts. And I hope that you too have been personally … Continue reading What’s New For Broken Shepherd In 2018?
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