Everyone wants to live a life of significance but not everyone knows how to do it. And not everyone knows where to find it. And not everyone knows what to do to obtain it. Because of this, many people look for significance in the wrong places and go about obtaining it in the wrong ways. … Continue reading Looking for Significance
A Simple Prayer
I'm not sure where this originated but here is a simple yet powerful prayer based on Psalm 23... I do not face today alone. God is with me. He restores my soul. I do not need to fear. Trouble will come. Even so, God will provide what I need. God's grace and goodness and mercy … Continue reading A Simple Prayer
Rational & Practical Christianity
This past week, renowned pastor, scholar, and author Tim Keller died of cancer. I never met Keller, but his books and teaching had a profound impact on the way I diagnose culture through the lens of Scripture, engage with skeptics of Christianity, and articulate the rationale behind Christ's teachings. Keller was extraordinary at blending orthodoxy … Continue reading Rational & Practical Christianity
An Update for Alameda Members
Hey Alameda family! In this post, I want to give you an update on how things are going in my "other job" with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. I have so appreciated the ongoing support and encouragement you have given me in my choice to go co-vocational that I feel that you deserve to … Continue reading An Update for Alameda Members
Are You a Disciple Worth Following?
Tomorrow, I will make my way to Boston to speak at the New England Lectureship, talking about discipleship. As I do, this recent article by fellow disciple-maker Matt Dabbs will be "ringing in my ears"... _________________________________________________________________________________________ I was shocked when he said it…maybe even a little offended. I was sitting in a room listening to … Continue reading Are You a Disciple Worth Following?
Speaking in Boston
At the end of this week, I will be flying to Boston to speak at the New England Lectureship, which is an "anchor" event for the New England area churches of Christ. I am so humbled and honored to be included in this event. I will be teaching a class on evangelism on Saturday and … Continue reading Speaking in Boston
Glorifying God by “Seeing & Saying”
Last Sunday, Randy and I started a new sermon series based on 1-2 Peter. You can watch the first sermon in the series here. One verse that we covered was 1 Peter 2:9, which says this... But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of … Continue reading Glorifying God by “Seeing & Saying”
Preaching with the Cuz
Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of co-preaching with my cousin Randy Johns. We are preaching a series at Alameda Church of Christ called "Counter-Cultural Living" based on the New Testament letters of 1-2 Peter. For the first time in 22 years, Randy and I are working together again on the same ministry staff - … Continue reading Preaching with the Cuz
The Heartbeat of Prayer
For nearly a year, I have been mentoring a preacher in Uganda named Herman. This has proven to be one of the biggest blessings in my life, as I am learning more from him than he is learning from me. One of the many things I appreciate about Herman is that he asks great questions. … Continue reading The Heartbeat of Prayer
What a Weekend!
This year's annual Ray Evans Seminar at Alameda Church of Christ, which took place this past weekend, was an incredible and inspiring event! We hosted renowned New Testament scholar Dr. Scot McKnight for a series of presentations and discussions related to his new book on Revelation called Revelation For the Rest of Us. The event … Continue reading What a Weekend!