Gordon Spykman said, “Nothing matters but the kingdom. But because of the kingdom, everything matters.” Jesus taught us to pray that his kingdom would come, which essentially means that God’s will be “done on earth as it is in heaven.” Too many Christians spend their lives building their own kingdoms....
This morning I dropped my firstborn off for her first day of school. Maybe that doesn't sound impressive. But listen: this precious little girl, whom I have been holding since she was 7 pounds 9 ounces 19 and ¾ inches, whose food I have shoveled and airplaned into her...
Life can be hard for single Christians. Christian culture puts a lot of pressure on singles to get married. As I have said, marriage is a great thing, but it’s not the only thing. If you’re a single Christian of marriageable age, however, chances are you often find yourself...
Pride is the root of all sin, and yet American Christianity (of the suburban type) has transformed it into a socially acceptable sin. This transformation is the epitome of our creative ability to make sin look less intense and more palatable. Think about it. If you ask someone what...
It’s clear that our churches are meant to worship (Rom. 12:1). But when we gather to worship in song, what should that music sound like? That can be a tricky question to answer. When we look in the Old Testament, we are told to praise God with the trumpet, harp,...
Okay, here we go. That all too debated and culturally driven topic of alcohol. I just made tenure, so I thought I’d stick my neck out and throw this out on the table since I’ve got nothing to lose. What does the Bible say about the consumption of alcohol and...
Pinterest can be dangerous. I recently came across an article explaining that Pinterest makes people feel inadequate. If that’s true, then why is it so popular? Why do more than 25 million people spend a chunk of their day pinning bits of the web onto their digital bulletin boards? Like...
The following is adapted from our 2018 graduation address, but this encouragement is for all the church! You can watch the video here.  Lately, as I’ve been thinking about parenting and pastoring a key verse has grabbed my attention. Revelation 12:11 has given me a picture of what I want to...
I’m kind of a teddy bear. No, that’s not primarily a reference to my physique. Someone once told me that getting “rebuked” by me felt like getting a hug. Thanks? I’m pretty sure that the comment was meant as a compliment, and I took it as such, but it...
Last Sunday, I had the precious opportunity to baptize my 9 and 7 year old daughters, Kaylea and Aubrey. It was quite the emotional Sunday. I’ve never baptized anyone before, so it was a joy to have my own two daughters be my first ones. I’d like to share...
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