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.