I have been doing ministry in college towns since I was a student at FSU. Each year, I meet students who have had genuine life change and one of the questions they often ask is should they be baptized. Now, this was an easier issue when we lived overseas, but in the US many of these students have already been baptized in some way. So, … Continue reading Should I Be (Re)Baptized?
On October 31 we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The day Martin Luther made his 95 theses public. In the coming weeks churches will preach the solas, historians will argue over over whether he actually nailed the 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle and my friends in Italy (where we lived for five years) will likely wonder what the big … Continue reading What Was Luther’s ‘Breakthrough’?
I recently heard a well known pastor talking about how we need to do away with the parachurch. He was specifically talking about the need to replace the campus ministries at his local university with an in-house church ministry reaching students. His reasoning? This kind of organized outreach is the responsibility of the local church. It struck me as odd, though, that at the same … Continue reading A Plea For The Parachurch
If you ask 10 people in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to define Calvinism, you may well get 11 answers. That’s a problem. Before I go any further, I’ll put my cards on the table. I am a Calvinist and a pastor of a church in friendly cooperation with the SBC. I have been accused of believing all babies go to hell, believing God predestines … Continue reading A Primer On Calvinism In The Southern Baptist Convention
It’s September and some first-year college students are narrowing down their church search. If that’s you, you are in a small minority of college students, so well done! Now I want to push you into an even smaller group: church members. Most church going students, never join a church during their time away at college electing either to retain membership at their old church or … Continue reading Four Myths That Keep College Students From Joining A Local Church
The extended family is gathered. Parents, grandparents and little cousins. Everyone is excited about the new marriage. Let the toasting begin! First, a groomsman stands up and tells the story of when the groom failed out of college. Then a sorority sister begins to compare the groom to all the bride’s ex-boyfriends. The self proclaimed marriage expert gives a 10 minute, 10 point lecture. A … Continue reading Tired of bad wedding toasts? Here’s a cure.
Dragons, angels, cherubim, scrolls, candles, anti-Christs and even a great prostitute. Forests have been decimated simply on the graphs and charts needed to make sense of it all. I would like to suggest a way to read Revelation free of charts, graphs and Tylenol. One Play, 7 Camera Angles A huge thanks to Dr. Michel Kruger for this helpful phrase and Reformed Theological Seminary for … Continue reading An Easier Way To Read Revelation
My seven year old, Collins, is a good athlete, and his passion is baseball. He reached base every single at bat last year! Now, the errors in the field were insanely high, but still! At his age I was happy just to go home with some dirt on my pants. Each season our kids can pick one activity and this fall, no surprise, Collins chose … Continue reading Little League on Sunday?
This fall we are going to do something that will seem crazy to many. We are going from a small group model to a Sunday school model (under a different name). Most church growth material over the past 20 years would advise against this move. We are a young, growing contemporary church. Why would we make that change? Here are five reasons.* To Grow in … Continue reading Why We Are Going From Small Groups to Sunday School
On August 15th, CBS news published this article showing how Iceland has all but eradicated Down syndrome. They average two babies per year born with this syndrome. How? They abort all babies who have it. Before I continue, I need to say that I know this is a painful topic for many. I have walked with women in my church wrestling with all the emotions that … Continue reading Congrats, Iceland! Hitler Would Be Proud.