What do all businesses, schools, non-profits, and churches have in common? They all have leaders. Leaders are important. They are the ones who determine the vision and set the direction for the future. As well they are the ones who make sure everyone is equipped to play their part in the organization. Without leaders, organizations flail. They meander around … Continue reading What Does it Take to be a Leader in the Church? – Part 2
What do all businesses, schools, non-profits, and churches have in common? They all have leaders. Leaders are important. They are the ones who determine the vision and set the direction for the future. As well they are the ones who make sure everyone is equipped to play their part in the organization. Without leaders, organizations flail. They meander around … Continue reading What Does it Take to be a Leader in the Church? – Part 1
You've seen the Facebook posts. You may have even posted one yourself. Most likely, you haven't escaped the debate of athletes kneeling during the National Anthem. Most likely, you have picked a side. Most likely, you aren't going to change your mind based on a Facebook post or blog. I'm not here to change your … Continue reading What Both Sides are Missing in the “Kneeling” Debate
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
In the last entry I started a three part series on why we worship. These are just three giant brush strokes of the Bible that hopefully entice you to search deeper. In the last newsletter we examined John 1 and Genesis. We saw that we and all of creation were spoken into existence. We saw … Continue reading Commanded to Worship
How are we asked to worship God in scriptures? How does that translate to our current culture.? We define worship as the act of showing reverence and adoration towards a deity. We do this many ways, through singing, studying, and imitating. Others say anything we do can be worship. That may be true, but are we … Continue reading Image-Bearing Worshippers
With the 500th anniversary coming up, Protestants would do well to learn their history.
"I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;” (1 Ti 2:8) According to Paul, men are to put away petty differences and anger. Instead of fighting, they are to pray with one another. Paul gives this command to the men instead of the women because … Continue reading Men, Lead Out In Prayer!
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