This past Friday afternoon I had the great privilege and honor of baptizing a person into Christ. She has been visiting our congregation for several weeks and had grown in her understanding of the Gospel of Christ so much that she was ready to make the decision to surrender her life to Him. It was … Continue reading They Brought a High-Chair
The other day a woman called our church office needing to talk to someone. When I got on the phone and introduced myself, she asked if I was the leader of our Celebrate Recovery ministry. I said, "No, but I might be able to help you." And she opened up and started to share her … Continue reading She Hung Up On Me
This week the state of New York enacted a new law that allows for full-term abortions. And my heart is heavy. I have never understood the rationale for the normalization of abortion or the desire of our culture to celebrate abortion. Maybe that's because I am the father of an adopted child who thanks God … Continue reading My Heart is Heavy
Every day, it seems, some journalistic entity is having to correct a story because they failed to thoroughly investigate a story and, instead, made a rush to judgment that fit within the narrative they wanted to write in order to push their own agendas and confirm their own biases. And this happens on all sides. … Continue reading Don’t Rush to Judgment
Today, our country remembers and honors the inspirational and aspirational fight against racism waged by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of that remembrance, I want to pass along some thoughts about the role of the church in the fight against racism written by New Testament scholar Dr. Richard Hays in his important book … Continue reading Racism is Heresy
As I've written on this blog before, I am concerned about the lack of discernment regarding the reading habits of Christians. There are many who seem unable to recognize that the content of many books that are marketed as "Christian" are actually promoting humanism rather than pointing people to the all-sufficiency of Jesus Christ, as … Continue reading Do You Know What You’re Reading?
Do Christians today still have to follow the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament? That may seem like a ridiculous question to ask, but popular mega-church preacher and author Andy Stanley answers with an emphatic "no!" And he is completely wrong. Over the years, I have learned some helpful things about leadership, organization, communication, and … Continue reading Are the Ten Commandments Still Relevant?