Angela and I have had the opportunity to live in post-Christian Europe, the Bible Belt South and the melting pot that is Florida. For all their cultural differences, we have noticed that wherever we go people tend to define sin the same way. Just last week we were speaking at a conference in Sacramento, CA (far from the Bible Belt) and we saw it again. … Continue reading The Insanity of Sin
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.