Troubled Enough to Have Something Worth Saying

Both men had a fire in their eyes with Jesus at the center, but their flames were different. Have you ever noticed that you can listen to someone talk about Jesus, but as they say all of the right things, there still seems to be a disconnect? While others you run into always seem to … Continue reading Troubled Enough to Have Something Worth Saying

Roosevelt and the Lonely Missionary

Theodore Roosevelt was coming home from Africa, where he had been hunting big game. When he boarded the ship at an African port they rolled out the red carpet for him. The crowds gathered on the dock and applauded him. When he boarded the ship he was given the finest suite on board. All through … Continue reading Roosevelt and the Lonely Missionary

The Theology of Place in a Virtual World

I am concerned that our increase in virtual activity is affecting us more than we realize. There is a theology of place that needs to be considered. I hesitate to use that phrase because it is often used by those who claim to be Christians but deny the faith's core doctrines—those who try to dress … Continue reading The Theology of Place in a Virtual World

The Danger of Neglecting Expository Preaching

Exegesis and exposition, the work of understanding a biblical text, are foundational to understand scripture’s application to our lives. The problem is many churchgoers want to hear the application without doing the work of the exegete. In many cases, preachers have accommodated their preaching to scratch the hearers' itching ears. To keep congregants happy, preachers … Continue reading The Danger of Neglecting Expository Preaching

Useless Drones and Faithful Ministers

To borrow language from John Calvin, both “useless drones and faithful ministers” find their way into pulpits, and we must be careful to distinguish between them. As believers, we are to find faithful ministers and place ourselves under their ministry, but we must be aware that there are others out there who have a form … Continue reading Useless Drones and Faithful Ministers

When Christians Get Lost

This morning, I had the privilege of preaching at Bethel Grace Baptist Church. I preached on When Christians Get Lost and utilized a metaphor of a dark forest to help navigate three passages from 2 Timothy. The three heading of the sermon are the trees, the darkness, and the light. This is a sermon that … Continue reading When Christians Get Lost

The More the World Hates the Gospel, the More it Needs Us to Preach it

God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7 It seems many professing Christians live in fear of the world’s disapproval. This fear not only appears to be true of many churchgoers, but it also seems true of many church leaders. This is one reason … Continue reading The More the World Hates the Gospel, the More it Needs Us to Preach it

Stress in the Body

Just as stress affects our physical bodies, it can also affect our church body. I am not a strong man. As much as a want to be, and as much as I try to let the semblance of strength linger around me, when the stresses of life start applying pressure, my body succumbs to its … Continue reading Stress in the Body

Vanishing Worship: Is COVID-19 the Next Step?

Over the years, it seems like corporate worship in many churches has been vanishing. The calling of the local church, first and foremost, is to gather for worship, but we do it much less frequently now than we did in the past. Sinclair Ferguson has a test he likes to apply to those who tell … Continue reading Vanishing Worship: Is COVID-19 the Next Step?

5 Mistakes People Make in Understanding the Beatitudes

The beatitudes are essential to the Christian life, but many people have not taken the time to understand them properly. There are many Christians who have misconceptions about what they are and what they mean. Here are five mistakes people make in understanding the Beatitudes. 1. They assume the beatitudes are something only notable Christians … Continue reading 5 Mistakes People Make in Understanding the Beatitudes