Able is the lead pastor of Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church (Hardin, Montana) and has been a senior pastor for ten years. He has a passion for rural ministry, enjoys reading, movies, playing sports, chess, coffee, beer, watching MMA, MLB, NFL, hunting, fishing, and songwriting (he's written over 25 songs and recorded three CD’s). He's been married to his wonderful wife, Abbe, for 14 years. Together they have three beautiful children (Jackson, Chloe, and Lucy).
When my wife and I began sending our children to public school it was a tough decision. Several prominent Christian leaders and friends promoted homeschool as if it went hand in hand with the Gospel. But Abbe and I decided that the gospel wasn’t really that important. I wanted to take a moment and share […]
So my son is ten right now. I am going to be coaching his little league baseball team. That means i will be teaching a lot of little kids the fundamentals of baseball. I always tell my son “practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect”. As he begins his journey through different sports […]
I love books, and learning new things through reading. So you would think it would be a natural fit. A large building with tables, books, artwork, comfy chairs, etc I wouldn’t consider myself a Library hater but a Library is not for me anymore. I have thought about this for a while now and I’ve […]
Perhaps you have grown up with an indelible image of God pressed into your brain through teaching and preaching that seems to boil everything in the Christian life down to God getting Glory. Not that God getting glory is a bad thing. God is glorified and should be but how and why?
Here is a list of reference books that have been a tremendous help to me in my teaching and preaching. Christian Theology by Alister McGrath (The who, what, where, when, how, and why of what we believe as Evangelicals) The Christian Theology Reader by Alister McGrath (Read the 350+ theological texts from 2000 years of Christian […]
Here is one of my favorite old hymns. Written by an ex slave trader John Newton. I asked the Lord that I might grow In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek, more earnestly, His face. ‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray, And He, I trust, […]
No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) As a pastor I hear a lot of discussion about what’s wrong with this or that. I also hear many solutions being confidently made political and otherwise in light of these discussions. But one of the things that […]
Here is a tip for the new pastors out there ready like race horses to preach “the whole counsel of God” to your people. Just because it’s in the Bible does not mean you should preach it on Sunday. I’m an idiot. God likes to call idiots to the pulpit ministry because we are usually the only […]
Here are some figurative and not so figurative things I have learned to keep handy on my journey as a solo rural pastor. If you have any to add throw them into the post as well. Help a brother out! A Hat Collection: Are you a “jack of all trades master of none” kind of person? […]
He cannot afford the books he just bought to help him serve you better. He has worked over five weeks in a row without a day off several times this year and the only one who knows are his wife and kids. Yes he probably knows all the gossip about you (though he will say […]
In my mind violence (both defensive and offensive) must always come before peace and because of this, change is rarely harmonious. This is unfortunate and sad but true. The cross is not simply an act of violence nor is it simply an act of non-violence. I think we see broken and perverted shadows of the […]
All this southern baptist crap makes me crazy. It is totally crazy in my opinion that Christ followers can create such a lose, lose dilemma for homosexual Christians. We have created a situation where those who have “come out of the closet” so to speak cannot come out of the closet as Christian either, for […]
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
As a pastor of a well established Church it is difficult for me to watch our church “glitch out” over the demands of culture because it refuses to update and upgrade its operating system. When my laptop began to overheat a couple of months ago I realized that the worlds demands were up and leaving […]
The Bible describes Moabites as Proud and arrogant. Isa 16:6; Jer 48:29.; Idolatrous. 1 Ki 11:7; Superstitious. Jer 27:3, 9; Rich and confident. Jer 48:7; Prosperous and at ease. Jer 48:11; Mighty men of war. Jer 48:14. The Moabites tempted Israel with idolatry Nu 25:1–3; Israel was to stay away from them politically De 23:6. […]
I think many of the problems we have with Christian Marriages and Evangelical Church commitment have so much in common. They can be related to a lack of understanding of Covenant. Within the last 100 years Evangelicals have focused to much on how the church is distinct from Israel much of our understanding of Covenant […]
Is this world getting better or worse? The answer is not found in the simple and worldly “yes or no” but the kingdom reality of the “both and”. I cannot express with words how difficult this reality makes Pastoring as an evangelical because everyone has a side they want the Bible, the pastor, the Church […]
The entire biblical text and the reading below are meant to be read aloud in the company of friends and fellow believers, followed by discussion, confession, and prayer. Sunday Lectionary Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31 Peace be with you John 20:19–31 (NLT) 19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were […]