"I Was Raped by my Dad When I Was 9"

How do you respond to that? Recently I was at the Recovery House, a residential treatment facility for those overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. Every time I meet someone new I try and learn their story, because they are not a statistic. They are a human being, broken and battered as they might be. They have dignity and worth even in the midst of their current struggles.As always, their stories, and especially the path that led them to addiction fills me with a mix of mild shock and … [Read more...]

How Donald Trump Helps Us Understand the Appeal of Jesus

I can't believe I'm actually comparing Donald Trump to Jesus. Believe me, I'm already uncomfortable with this. Somehow I don't think Donald Trump would have much of a problem comparing himself to Jesus, which is why I'm so uncomfortable with it. But I've asked myself the question over and over these past few weeks: what makes Donald Trump so popular?It's not the hair, as much as he might display it. It's not his wealth; we've had wealthy candidates before. It's not merely his views. He … [Read more...]

If Christ Came to Set Us Free, Why Don't We Feel Free?

We know on the most basic level as Christians that Jesus came to set us free. When Jesus launched his public ministry in Luke 4, that’s literally what he declared:“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19Jesus came to set us free. He conquered death and sin on the c … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Embrace the Messes

In the most famous story Jesus ever told (the Prodigal Son), the climax comes when the wayward son returns home and his father runs out and embraces him, mess and all (Luke 15:20). As followers of Jesus, how can we exhibit the heart of the father and embrace the mess around us? Here are five ways:1). Embrace your own mess. The first and biggest issue for many Christians is that we never can embrace our own mess. We think we have worked ourselves to the place where we are better than other … [Read more...]

Why 90% of My Sermons Are Preached Out of the Gospels

There are 66 books in the Bible, but I overwhelmingly stick to four. I don't think anyone would disapprove about skirting around the layout of the tabernacle in Leviticus or Obadiah laying into the Edomites. But what about Romans? There's some deep stuff in there. What about Genesis and its incredible stories? What about Revelation? No one really understands it but it's always fun to read.I believe the entire Bible is inspired by God and given to teach us about Him and about life. But t … [Read more...]

The Most Offensive Aspect of Christianity

There are a truckload of issues where Christians are seen to be offensive and countercultural: gay marriage, abortion, religious liberty being the most prevalent. Yet with all of these issues, I would argue that as offensive as our views on these issues might seem to the world, there is one that is more offensive still: the gospel. Why is the gospel so offensive? Because of Jesus’ claims. He says he's the good shepherd, which means everyone else is lost. He's the light, which m … [Read more...]

7 Ways the Church Can Redeem the Supreme Court Decision Legalizing Gay Marriage

Gay marriage is here. Rather than long for the past or fear the future, how can the church redeem the present? How can we turn this tragedy into an opportunity to advance the gospel? Here are 7 steps forward.1. Rejoice. Wait what? Absolutely! Rejoice. What does the Bible say in Philippians 4:4? Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! How can we rejoice? What can we rejoice in? God is still on his throne, Jesus still died for our sins, the tomb is still empty, heaven sti … [Read more...]

12 Thoughts on Our Response to the Coming Reality of Gay Marriage (Part 2)

Originally posted: April 12, 2013In my last post, I began to share twelve thoughts on our response to the coming reality of gay marriage. By the sheer number of clicks on that post, it's obvious that this is a topic that many are working through. So, for what it's worth, here are six more thoughts on the subject. Would love your comments below.7. Jesus showed grace to notorious "sinners." If you look at Jesus and the woman at the well (John 4), Jesus and the woman caught in adultery … [Read more...]

One of the Greatest Proofs of the Divinity of Jesus

In a skeptical world, how can we know that Jesus truly was the son of God? Watch this short sermon clip to hear one of the greatest proofs of the divinity of Jesus:https://vimeo.com/130331540 … [Read more...]

BIG Church #2 – Big Leadership

Watch the video below to catch week two in our series through the book of Acts.https://vimeo.com/130251681 … [Read more...]