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 Is Inviting People to Church Enough?
2016 could be categorized by an increased sensitivity to the reality of "fake news" in our society. It's definitely not a new phenomenon, but perhaps a louder, and more rapid-growing one. Years ago, sites such as Snopes were created and dedicated to helping people discern true from false stories, especially Internet-circulated material. We just thought… Continue reading What The Church Can Learn From the “Fake News” Phenomenon
I am a big reader. Reading is a valuable part of my daily desire to grow in knowledge and grow in grace. You've probably seen a book review here or there on my page or at Servantsofgrace. I have the privilege of reading a lot, and I recently outlined some of my principles for doing so… Continue reading Top 12 Books from 2016
As I watched the electoral votes climb for Donald Trump into the wee hours of November 9th, I sat in amazement over the coverage, with one word on my mind. How? I remember sitting in the kitchen of my in-laws house, waking up that morning to news in mid-June of 2015 that Donald Trump was… Continue reading Post-Election Repentance
Last week we came to grips with the reality of our homelessness in this world, yet our sense of belonging to the family of God. We are adopted sons and daughters, this is true; yet we wait to go Home. So we are pilgrims on the journey. Peter calls us "sojourners" and "exiles" in his… Continue reading The Homeless Evangelical (Part 2)
In a recent interview with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, captured the essence of the 2016 election and the Christian dilemma in less than ten words: "There are a lot of Evangelicals who feel homeless." Don't you? For the first time in my adult life, I feel like… Continue reading The Homeless Evangelical
For the last eighteen months, I have had the wonderful privilege of serving in my church’s intern/resident program. It is a large church in Knoxville, TN, and I primarily serve on one of our two planted campuses, with my internship focus being on multiplication and church planting. This has been a great season for me… Continue reading Around the Web: 4 Ways to Maximize Your Church Internship
People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy...It was the equilibrium of a man behind madly rushing horses, seeming to stoop this way and to sway that, yet in every attitude having the grace of… Continue reading G.K. Chesterton’s “Unsafe Orthodoxy”