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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Deep in the Heart (some personal news)

I have good news, and I want to tell you about it. I’m going to become an astronaut preacher, with less rockets but all the adventure. In some ways, it is time to leave home, and in other ways, time to go home.

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 →

John Calvin Did Sleep

If there is anything about the Reformers and the Puritans that we can all agree on, it is that they possessed a undeniable amount of zeal in their ministry. Their zeal for preaching the gospel, reaching their neighbors, writing, and the like quite literally evokes awe in me. Here's some perspective. I recently passed the... 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 →

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 →

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 →

A Memo on The Message

I recently picked up my wife’s copy of The Message (for those of you already rolling your eyes, more on this in a moment) and was skimming over the introduction, a couple passages, and then the endorsements on the back. After seeing many people commend Eugene Peterson’s excellent work on this popular volume, it was... Continue Reading →

Attacking Trivial Church: Part Two

Our series continues on the “trivial church” and how we can regain an accurate understanding of its designed function. In the first post, we looked at some common “blanket statements” made about the universal Church. This time we will be focusing on the some of the more localized and personal reasons why people may choose... Continue Reading →

Attacking Trivial Church: Part One

There are two ecclesiological extremes people are going to today in evangelicalism. The first extreme is when people place an unnecessary emphasis on the Church and its role and function in the body of Christ. Many ultra-conservative church leaders urge members to have perfect attendance on Sunday and be dressed appropriately, which means they better... Continue Reading →

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