Bonhoeffer on Political Office and Leadership

From Eric Metaxas’s Bonhoeffer:Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy on the role of political office. (Words in bold added by be.) If he understands his function in any other way than as it is rooted in fact, if he does not continually tell his followers quite clearly of the limited nature of his task and of their own responsibility, if he allows himself to surrender to the … Continue reading Bonhoeffer on Political Office and Leadership

Nine Reasons Why Your Faith May Not Be Where You Want It To Be

“I’m just not feeling it.” “It’s not the same as last summer, on the mission trip.” “I haven’t read a Bible in months.” Prior to our very new position in church planting, my wife and I served in college ministry for a combined 12 years. One of the number one points of discussion with students involved their spiritual health. What do you do when your walk with … Continue reading Nine Reasons Why Your Faith May Not Be Where You Want It To Be

2017 and Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions

If you’re looking for inspiration for New Year’s Resolutions, look no further than Jonathan Edwards. Edwards lived in the 18th century, an intellectual and theologian, a Yale graduate  and later in life the president of Princeton. Edwards’ mix of towering intellect and Bible knowledge poured out in his writings. Among his prolific body of work, Edwards was known for his 70 Resolutions. Whether you’re a Christian or … Continue reading 2017 and Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions

Making Resolutions Stick

The New Year always brings in a promise of a new you, a better you that’s smarter, healthier, happier, more productive. About 45% of Americans made resolutions for 2017, whereas only 8% actually achieve them. That means out of 318,900,000 people about 293,388,000 will fail. So what’s the problem? Create Goals If you don’t plan, you plan to fail. Resolutions are often doomed to fail … Continue reading Making Resolutions Stick

Best Sermon Ever – Matthew 5:13-16 (Part 2)

Text:Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus lays out for us in the Beatitudes the attitudes for being a citizen in the new Kingdom. It is here and now through the indwelling of Christ through repentance. It is “not yet” because we still live in a broken world. Because of this split we are both blessed and persecuted. We both rejoice and mourn . Jesus’s sermon moves from our personal attitude … Continue reading Best Sermon Ever – Matthew 5:13-16 (Part 2)

SEND conference – review

Last week I had the fun opportunity to attend the SEND conference in Nashville, hosted by NAMB and IMB. The theme of the conference was a wonderful one, “Everyone is a missionary.” With over 13,000 in attendance could you imagine the impact if that many people lived that out? Topics and breakouts centered around evangelism but ranged from church planting, engaging millennials, developing global mission … Continue reading SEND conference – review

Best Sermon Ever – Matthew 5:1-12 (Part 1)

Text: Matthew 5:1-12 Matthew 5:1-12 is one of the most beautiful and important summaries of the Christian faith throughout the Gospels if not the entire New Testament. If Matthew 1-4 speaks of Jesus’s fulfillment in different ways, then Matthew 5-7 is Jesus’s fulfillment of the Old Testament law. “Fulfill” does not mean to do away with, rather, “fulfill” in this context is a pointing to … Continue reading Best Sermon Ever – Matthew 5:1-12 (Part 1)