What Was Luther’s ‘Breakthrough’?

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’?

A Plea For The Parachurch

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

A Primer On Calvinism In The Southern Baptist Convention

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

Four Myths That Keep College Students From Joining A Local Church

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

Tired of bad wedding toasts? Here’s a cure.

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.

An Easier Way To Read Revelation

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