While small super heroes and tiny princesses are parading around during Halloween, it is appropriate for Christians to reflect upon another October 31st event, the birth of the Reformation. On October 31st, 1517 an Augustinian German Monk named Martin Luther nailed to the door at Wittenberg his 95 thesis (issues he had with the Catholic … Continue reading Happy Hallowed Reformation Day
Mayella Ewell falsely accused Tom Robinson of sexual assault, but Tom was found guilty. While making an attempt to escape prison, Tom was shot dead. Do you remember Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird? It was one of my favorite books growing up. In the novel Mayella truly had been assaulted; she was a survivor. … Continue reading Should the church #believewomen?
Many pastors are now envisioning a church where alcohol and outreach are successful partners. Somehow, we've come to think alcohol will open doors in a post-Christian society. I suggest we allow the Kavanaugh line of questioning to bring us out of this stupor. Even the world knows good judgment and alcohol don't mix well.
As the time for Christine Blasey Ford to speak before the judiciary committee concerning her allegations against Supreme Court nominee, Bret Kavanaugh draws near, all of social media is filled with opinions. Some Christian leaders have flocked to Kavanaugh’s aide, defending his character. Others pastors have embraced Ford in an effort to stand for and … Continue reading Condemning the Specks
With more than one million man hours and three million meals given away per year, the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) agency plays an important role in disaster recovery. In 1968 the SBDR was formed to help meet needs of those affected by natural disasters. Since that time, SBDR has become the third largest disaster … Continue reading Look for the Yellow Hats
On September 5th, 2018 Union Seminary released statements of belief on their twitter account. The release appears to be a reaction to the recent petition concerning Social Justice. This petition has garnered over 6000 signatures, including that of John MacArthur and Voddie Baucham. In addressing the statement on social justice, Union Seminary established their views as … Continue reading Who Gets to Divine the Divine? A Response to Union Seminary’s Statement
"I'm starting with the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways." Ever sing the classic Michael Jackson song? It's catchy. There is one real problem with the song, however: it relies on self-reflection and the self improving the self. I often look into the mirror first. I often catch myself believing … Continue reading Suturing Wounds with Mercy
I fell under a deep conviction in 2008. And beginning a ministerial career under God's judgment wouldn't be the best start. I acquired a nasty habit during my college years. I found myself often saying, "I'll pray for you," only to then forget completely. My neglect of others wasn't intentional; I said, "I'll pray for … Continue reading How do you pray for your church members?
I’ve only been a Senior Pastor for a total of six months. This means, of course, that I have no access to any grand wisdom. However, I wanted to offer up five reflections on my first six months as pastor. 1. Set Your Routine Everyone wants a piece of the pie. Most people are well-intentioned … Continue reading Five Pastoral Reflections
Integrity is not simply the password we use to gain access to ministry positions, it is the watchword of our lives. No minister ever sets out to be inconsistent in word or action. When erosion is slow, foundations crumble without notice. Thankfully, there are a few warning signs of eroding integrity: Increasing Procrastination The upkeep … Continue reading Three Signs of Eroding Integrity