Category: Christian Life

Finding my Identity in Retweets (or, I’m an Idiot)

Finding my Identity in Retweets (or, I’m an Idiot)

April 14, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Am I a hypocrite if I dislike social media, yet use Twitter to promote my writing?  It sure feels like it… Part of me wants to rid myself of social media – to leave it all behind. I hate what it often does to my soul. If the heart is an idol factory, then social […]

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Some Advice for the Young, Aspiring Theologian

Some Advice for the Young, Aspiring Theologian

April 7, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

I’m hoping to begin my PhD in Religious Studies through the University of Cape Town in early 2015; as such, I’ve been thinking more about my formative years in seminary. The following are several exhortations for the young, aspiring theologian: 1. Read Helmut Thielicke’s A Little Exercise for Young Theologians and Kelly Kapic’s A Little […]

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John Wimber on Continuing Jesus’ Ministry…

John Wimber on Continuing Jesus’ Ministry…

March 21, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

John Wimber writes, “In the Vineyard, we place a priority on being empowered by the Holy Spirit. But the Spirit empowers for a purpose-not just an experience. We seek the active presence of the Spirit to continue Jesus’ ministry. At times we almost lose the purpose; at times we seem to lose the power. From […]

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Discipleship Gone Wrong: 5 Ways to Get Back on Track

Discipleship Gone Wrong: 5 Ways to Get Back on Track

March 21, 2014 | By | 21 Comments

What is a disciple? Some people say that a disciple is someone who is “following Jesus together as their Master and Teacher so that they may become just like Jesus.” Years ago, Walter Henrichsen said that Disciples are Made Not Born. Jesus himself said that the job of the Church was to make disciples, so Henrichsen’s statement still […]

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How to be a Good Friend…

How to be a Good Friend…

March 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The church I serve is blessed to have a wonderful lady named Sara White in our community. She put together a great list of eleven characteristics of a good friend that I thought I’d share with you! Here is her list: Loyal – stick by me in any circumstance. Honest – won’t lie to me, […]

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Battling Loneliness is Evidence of the Holy Spirit!

Battling Loneliness is Evidence of the Holy Spirit!

December 18, 2013 | By | 1 Comment

Awhile back I did a series called “Peace in the Valley.” I took texts that addressed doubt, failure, disappointment, and loneliness in order to provide some “pastoral care” through the messages to people who I may not have a chance to meet with one-on-one. One of the messages was on loneliness and covered some verses […]

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Your Sermons Don’t Feed Me!

Your Sermons Don’t Feed Me!

December 3, 2013 | By | 9 Comments

Systematic Theology. Exegesis. Church History. Contextualization. Liturgy. Pneumatology. Hebrew and Greek. Pastoral counseling. These are all subjects that most pastors are either familiar with or have taken seminary courses on. Transitioning from seminary to pastoral ministry is pretty crazy. You go from writing huge papers on how postmodernism challenges the epistemological assumptions of one’s praxis […]

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Do You Worship Your Convictions?

Do You Worship Your Convictions?

November 30, 2013 | By | 10 Comments

The Bible talks a lot about worshipping idols and false gods, especially in the Old Testament. We often think of worshipping things such as money, material possessions, and fame. But, have you ever considered that just maybe there are times when we focus on our personal convictions so much that we actually worship them? Please […]

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Finding Biblical Grounds to Stay Married

Finding Biblical Grounds to Stay Married

November 15, 2013 | By | 16 Comments

Two weeks ago I met with an emerging leader in our church to discuss his coaching process for ordination in our denomination. As we worked through the practical implications of our denominational credal statement, we came to item number 19 which reads… “19 – We believe in divorce only on New Testament Scriptural grounds” My […]

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Six Reasons People Leave Churches

Six Reasons People Leave Churches

October 11, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Below is an audio recording for our church called “Six Reasons People Leave The Oasis Church.”  Sure, it was originally written for our congregation, but listen and see how much of it is applicable to your own church.  I hope it encourages you.

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Obedience to Jesus <em>is</em> Faith!

Obedience to Jesus is Faith!

October 7, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

“Bro, I gotta tell you… this goes down in history as the first time I have ever been called a Pharisee for saying that Jesus is Lord – because I believe that saying ‘Jesus is Lord’ means we should obey Jesus!”  I’m letting you into my personal message threads on Facebook here.  The quote above […]

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Does the New Testament Teach Christians to Endure or Not?

Does the New Testament Teach Christians to Endure or Not?

August 7, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

Related to Matt. 24:33-34, John MacArthur writes the following statement: “… there is the total absense of New Testament instruction to the church as to how it should endure and conduct itself during the Tribulation.” (Matthew 24-28, TMNTC, 65). Yes, he actually writes those words. I kid you not.

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A Theology Reshaped through Racism and Grace

A Theology Reshaped through Racism and Grace

June 10, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

The opportunity to experience the grace of God is an experience like no other. In this so called post-racial world, I had a run in with a racist old man.  I had just let my wife out at the door of the movie theater and I was parking. As I got out of the car […]

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Dealing with People Who Don’t Listen: 5 Practical Ways to Demonstrate the Spirit

Dealing with People Who Don’t Listen: 5 Practical Ways to Demonstrate the Spirit

April 9, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

When I first started pastoring, I was told by numerous people that it would take a number of years before people would respect my views. In many ways, the first few years of serving as a pastor is spent earning people’s trust. Can you be trusted? Will you be leaving soon? Are you really one of us […]

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You Might be a Pharisee if…

You Might be a Pharisee if…

January 10, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Interested in a quick and easy way to reject a person who you don’t see eye to eye with? It’s quite simple… just call them a pharisee. If you think someone is being “legalistic,” than they are just a pharisee. If someone won’t embrace the “new move of God,” than they have a “pharisee spirit.” […]

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5 Ideas that Changed the Way that I Serve as a Pastor

5 Ideas that Changed the Way that I Serve as a Pastor

November 26, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

Victor Hugo wrote, “One can resist the invasion of armies; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.” If that were true in the 1870′s, how much more accurate is it now! We are an influenced people. Television, radio, newspaper, the Internet, and so much more is constantly bombarding us with new ideas. In many ways […]

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<em>The Hole in Our Holiness</em>, by Kevin DeYoung

The Hole in Our Holiness, by Kevin DeYoung

November 15, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

If you are in the “Young, Restless, and Reformed” crowd, you’re probably very familiar with Kevin DeYoung. He’s kind of a “poster child” for the movement because… well, he’s young and Reformed. I’m not sure about the “restless” part, however. At any rate, DeYoung has some influence in the “neo-reformed” movement (my thoughts on that […]

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