February 16, 2021

When I was a young pastor, one of my favorite sounds was to hear people turning the pages in their Bibles as they looked for that morning’s text. That sound has largely been replaced by the sound of silence, as many people use the Bible app on their phones or tablets. In fact, I still remember the first time someone used an iPad to read his Bible in one of our worship gatherings because I kept trying to figure out… Read more

December 28, 2020

I am writing this post from the front room of our home, which my wife graciously allows me to use as my library. Over 1,500 volumes of history, theology, literature, and other subjects surround me. Much of who I am today has been shaped by these books. They have challenged me to rethink deeply held positions, helped me see issues from other people’s point of view, deepened my understanding of the Bible, and provided me with hours of entertainment. The… Read more

November 24, 2020

I can still remember the ritual we went through every morning in my 2nd-grade class. Our teacher came in and told us that it was time to put on our “Golden Rule Gloves.” Then, we pretended to pull gloves over our fingers as we recited “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Then we went through the motions of fastening three buttons on each glove as we said, “God is love. Love one another.” It makes… Read more

November 22, 2020

When I was a young Christian, the people who discipled me pointed out the importance of Scripture memory. I have been forever grateful to them, as God’s word hidden in my heart ministered to me time and time again. Every Christian needs to know the blessing of a heart and mind filled with God’s word. When you consider how big the Bible is, knowing where to start can be difficult. With that in mind, I compiled this list that I… Read more

November 11, 2020

When I was younger, if you wanted to know what the latest news was, you read the newspaper in the morning or watched the national news at 5:30 and the local news at 6:00 and 10:00. Then CNN and Headline News showed up and you could get a feel for what was going on every 30 minutes. Even then though, you had to seek the news. You opened the paper or turned the channel to the news. We live in… Read more

November 8, 2020

Parenting has been different than I imagined it would be as we prepared to welcome our first daughter into the world over fifteen years ago. For one thing, having grown up with nothing but brothers, I never imagined having three daughters and one son. Like every brash young man without children, I knew exactly how I would parent my children and exactly what I would in every situation. It did not take long before I realized that almost everything I… Read more

October 26, 2020

For the past several years, I’ve been reading through Wendell Berry’s Port William novels. Berry, who is a writer and farmer from Kentucky, uses the stories of life in the fictional town of Port William from 1888 through 2008 to show the importance of responsible farming, avoiding debt, and connection to people and a place. Currently comprising eight novels and forty-four short stories, the Port William novels reflect a deep understanding of human nature, relationships, and how we are shaped… Read more

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

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