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Nov 19, 2020. We live in a transitory period in human history. Since the birth of the Industrial Revolution, nuclear families and individuals have branched out to ‘make their own way’. That was a significant departure from the agrarian ideal where multi-generational families worked their farms together throughout the span of their lives. That was[…]

Nov. 12, 2020. Many American Christians see themselves as humble citizens of the Kingdom of God. And while humility holds certain theological merit, there is another truth associated with our ¬†authority that needs to be embraced too. I have noticed that the average Christian becomes nervous when it is suggested that they’ve been given authority[…]

Nov 5, 2020. What is the American Church known for? I’m sure there are different answers from different regions and regarding different denominations, but there is one identifier shared by most of us – the American Church is about Bible teaching. This is why we were considered ‘non-essential’ during the pandemic, and were shut down[…]

Oct 29, 2020. We live in a day when there are so many Christian groups doing so many Christian things that it’s hard to discern Christianity’s MAIN THING. Is it worship? Is it teaching the scriptures? Is it providing a place for believers to meet and grow? Is it to build beautiful campuses that impresses[…]

Oct 22, 2020. Public speaking is a fearful thing for many people. In truth, many ministers are not as comfortable with it as they appear. This becomes especially true when we are called to break away from prepared teachings and speak extemporaneously. And yet, there are times when the gospel will ask that very thing[…]

Oct 15, 2020. Sometimes we get confused about what it means to be in the family of God. We come by this confusion naturally; it is an understandable occurrence in this ‘age of reason’ in which we live. Thankfully, our Lord clarifies it for us: #JesusStories: Luke 8 tells of a day Jesus was speaking[…]

Oct 8, 2020. Present-day Christian sensibilities suggest that we should be calm, serene, peaceful and measured leaders at all times. Interesting. Especially against the backdrop that Jesus did not always act that way. #JesusStories: John 2 and Matthew 21 both record Jesus knocking over the moneychangers tables on the front porch of the temple in[…]

Oct 1, 2020. It is human nature to desire a comfortable path for our lives and ministries. And sometimes we find seasons when the challenges are few and the budget always balances. But there is a reoccurring theme in the life of Christ that calls to us – that bids us to advance the kingdom[…]

Sept 24, 2020. It’s oft times difficult to understand the attitudes and behaviors of people who walk a different road than we do. And walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is a very difficult axiom to actually practice. This story helps… #JesusStories: In Matt. 18 Jesus tells a parable of a king who confronted[…]

Sept 17, 2020. We often assume that gospel stories are the entry level materials of faith – often reserved for children and first believers. This would be wrong. I propose that the greatest instruction for church leaders are held in Jesus’ words. We might want to look at them again through leadership eyes. #JesusStories:¬†Luke 4[…]