October 16, 2020

In an honest moment at lunch after church one Sunday I slammed my hand down on the table and said what I had been thinking for the previous half hour. “My sermon stunk today.” I didn’t say it to fish for compliments; I meant it. I had just preached the Washington Generals of sermons.I doubt that I am the only pastor who has felt this way. It is not just pastors who think may think that the Sunday sermon was… Read more

October 13, 2020

“How to Master the Art of Disagreement- In the Church and on Social Media” We are going to disagree with people. This is going to happen. Therefore, we need to know how to disagree agreeably. In this post at The Gospel Coalition, Bobby Jamieson provides us with questions we need to ask ourselves when we enter into a disagreement over ideas. “So, what can you disagree about and still remain members of the same church? The more items you are… Read more

October 11, 2020

Some sins feel like they stick around for decades. This is especially true for those who deal with a quick temper and outbursts of anger. You see one or both parents struggle with it, you struggle with it, and it seems like a family trait you just have to endure for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, the progress seems so slow in fighting it that you face the temptation to give up and say it’s just the way you… Read more

October 10, 2020

Every Christian knows the feeling. You know you need to pray, but the words don’t come to you. Then you finally begin grunting out a few words, but God feels distant and you suspect your prayers stopped at the ceiling. Then you feel guilty because you struggle to pray and it quenches your prayers even further leading to a vicious cycle of guilt, shame, and confusion. We don’t have to be stuck in this position. Here are four basic truths… Read more

October 6, 2020

“Preacher, watch your tone in the pulpit.” I learned a lot from Dr. Hershael York when I took preaching from him at SBTS almost two decades ago and continue learning from him as he talks and writes about preaching. In this post, he encourages pastors to think about the tone of voice we use in the pulpit. This reminder is needed for us all. “The orality of preaching makes it a more powerful medium than writing. Words on a page… Read more

October 4, 2020

Many Christians throughout the centuries have dealt with a lack of assurance. They think they have trusted in Jesus, but they deal with lingering doubt. This inevitably leads to insecurity during trials, difficulty in prayer, and a lack of confidence in sharing the Gospel. Can we truly know that we are Christians? The Bible’s answer is an unwavering “Yes!” In the first letter that bears his name, the Apostle John wrote to a church in order to help them know… Read more

March 31, 2020

When I was a kid, William Shatner hosted a program called Rescue 911. The show reenacted actual calls to 911. What made the reenactments frightening was the depiction of the family’s life before tragedy struck. They were always going about their normal day–they were on the way to school, traveling to work, dropping by the grocery store on the way home, etc. Then, disaster came calling. Those reenactments scared me because they depicted what like is like in reality. We… Read more

July 15, 2019

I have been using the Moment app for several years now to track the time I spend on my phone. No matter how long I think I have been on my phone, this app always tells the truth. Most telling is not just the daily time tracker, but also the tracker showing how much time I spent on my phone over the last 7 days. It shows how minutes and hours from day to day add up over the course… Read more

July 9, 2019

Early in my Christian life, I heard the famous quote from the English pastor and theologian John Owen, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” While that quote may sound a little radical, for any person who truly knows himself, he understands that his sin can kill him. He feels in his bones the havoc that sin reeks on his joy, his walk with the Lord, his relationships and his witness. Dealing with our own personal sin also… Read more

July 1, 2019

For the better part of two decades, Christians have appealed to emotion and enthusiasm as the driving force behind our spiritual growth. I often think about my senior year of college in the late ‘90s, when one of our campus ministries adopted the slogan “Are you excited?” to motivate Christians throughout the year. There are many ways to motivate me to follow Jesus, but loudly asking me “Are you excited?” before I have finished breakfast is not one of them…. Read more

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