The Unexpected King

The Unexpected King

“And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem…” God is so unexpected, and God shows up in the unexpected. And these times are so unexpected. In the midst of this pandemic, I’ve had the chance and the space to connect with God more than I...
Psalm 23

Psalm 23

A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,he leads me beside quiet waters,3     he refreshes my soul.He guides me along the right paths    for his name’s sake.4 Even though I walk    through the darkest...
I’m No Superman: Holy Spirit Ministry for the Rest of Us! – A Book Review

I’m No Superman: Holy Spirit Ministry for the Rest of Us! – A Book Review

Disclaimer: Mike Turrigiano is one of my favorite people in the Vineyard movement! Luke Geraty (his co-author) is a friend and kinda my boss here at Think Theology. What follows is my attempt to, none-the-less, provide an impartial, unbiased review of Pastor...
The Fruit of Our Lives

The Fruit of Our Lives

John 15:4-6 New Living Translation (NLT)Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and...
Life Sucks

Life Sucks

Philippians 4:11-13 …I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether...
Connect

Connect

1st Corinthians 12:12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. I live in Franklin, TN. It is a very churched town. There are big churches and small churches. There are seeker-sensitive churches. There...
What To Do When You Feel Stuck

What To Do When You Feel Stuck

Psalm 13 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? I just recently celebrated two years at the church that I work at. It is an absolute honor and privilege to work at this church, and it is incredible working with my...
Welcoming The Stranger

Welcoming The Stranger

Matthew 25:31-46 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne.  All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the...
Deflated

Deflated

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God! Working with people in the context of a local church is hard. I don’t think I have to explain it. If you’ve done anything with people, you’ll know that people sometimes suck. Some people intentionally...
The Wisdom of God

The Wisdom of God

1st Corinthians 1:18-25 (NRSV) For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will...
Joy

Joy

John 15:11 NLT I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! So last week, I skipped over this Advent theme of “joy.” I’m not one of those people that forces myself to speak on something if...
Love

Love

John 15:9 I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. Continuing on with Advent, I know that I skipped “Joy.” I have to be honest with you; I’m not there. I’ll probably get there by the time December 25th comes around,...
Peace

Peace

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus Moving from our second week of Advent, we are talking about peace. I really don’t understand this, and it may not be completely true....
Hope

Hope

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. It’s now the beginning of Advent. This is the time of the year where we spend a month preparing ourselves for one day. People sometimes complain about others that...
Harmonizing With The Melody

Harmonizing With The Melody

Read “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. For some members of Chloe’s household have...