Is Inviting People to Church Enough?

I remember walking into youth group that Wednesday night around a decade ago. I was so excited about the evening’s upcoming events. As a church, we had been advertising this night heavily, encouraged on multiple occasions to make sure we invite our friends to be a part of what we were doing. There was more... Continue Reading →

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The Pulpit Call

You’ve probably been there. Whether it’s in a big stadium while attending a conference, or a small, rural church while attending a church service, most of you have experienced what many have nicknamed “The Altar Call.” The preacher has just gotten up and spent thirty or forty minutes delivering a sermon, but before he goes,... Continue Reading →

Hope for the Hurting

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall... Continue Reading →

George Whitefield’s Last Sermon

I visited this house last week. It looks like a normal, New England home. The pastel paint with dark shutters, pillared entryways, and two chimneys. But this house is anything from ordinary. Hundreds of years ago (246 years ago to be exact), the house belonged to Jonathan Parsons, the pastor of Old South Church in Newburyport,... Continue Reading →

5 Highlights From #SBC16

I had the privilege on attending live-streaming the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention during the week, and was encouraged by much of what I saw. The gathering brought together over 11,500 people who come together for the annual meeting to discuss Baptist polity, cultural issues, worship together, become inspired for the year ahead of ministry, and... Continue Reading →

Why I Stopped Podcasting (For Now)

I have always been a big fan of podcasts. The fact that you could get free information of a wide variety was always appealing to me. Mostly, I enjoyed the level of access I got with a podcast, hearing so many people who are experts in their fields taking a moment to share their insights... Continue Reading →

Verse-by-Verse or Bust?

The great British preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones, as usual, made a striking declaration to his audience. “The most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching; and as it is the greatest and most urgent need in the Church, it is the greatest need of the world also.” Of course, I believe Lloyd-Jones is right... Continue Reading →

Where Females Should Lead

Recently our life group was having some discussion about leadership in the workplace. We watched a few testimonial videos of business owners who try to implement working to the glory of God into their workplaces, and leading their people well. During our time talking about how these spiritual matters find their way into our practical... Continue Reading →

When Worship+Doctrine Don’t Seem To Mesh

It is a question I have been asking and thinking through for years. It really started while sitting behind the drum set, doing yet another rehearsal, preparing to play a new song by a band whose worship album was the go-to music pre-service. Not only was their music refreshing and new and stylistically pleasing, but... Continue Reading →

4 Takeaways From Exponential East 2016

Last week I had the privilege of attending Exponential East 2016 for the first time with some fellow staff members. Exponential is a conference and organization founded by Todd Wilson and Dave Ferguson. Their team puts on these annual conferences with an emphasis on church planting, multiplication, discipleship, and the missional movement.  It was a week full... Continue Reading →

Are You Really A Disciple-Maker?

"Love on people." "Doing life together." "Being Missional." "Life on Life Discipleship." "Being Disciple-Makers." You've probably heard at least one of those phrases used by someone in a Christian gathering this week. Some of the phrases are downright creepy (seriously, can we just cut "love on _______" from our Christianese vocab?) These kinds of phrases are not... Continue Reading →

To Freeman

Just short of ten years ago, my family closed the heavy metal door to the moving truck. My whole life, in one sense, was being transported across the country to Maryville, Tennessee. In another sense, though, my whole life was staying behind. Growing up in Cut-N’-Shoot, Texas, a population under 1500 residents, had its drawbacks,... Continue Reading →

Paper and Ink

During some recent devotional time through John’s Epistles, I noticed perhaps for the first time the peculiarity of the endings to two of his three epistles: Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so... Continue Reading →

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