Real Faith Chooses Transformation Over Information

Real Faith Chooses Transformation Over Information

Real faith uses information for the purpose of transformation. D. L. Moody said, “the Bible was not given for merely our information, but for our transformation.” That is to say, Scripture, the Bible, was not just given to give us facts. It’s not just...
You Choose What Stories You Rehearse

You Choose What Stories You Rehearse

When I was a kid, my parents subscribed to a collection of Disney books about all of my favorite characters. Every few weeks, we’d get a new book about Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Pete’s Dragon, or Robin Hood. Then, I’d drive my Mom crazy asking her...
Simply Believing What God Has Spoken

Simply Believing What God Has Spoken

In the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, Nick Nolte plays a character that is easily overlooked named Kuiil. He’s a guy who fought hard to purchase his own freedom from slavery and now lives a quiet life on a lonely planet. And he’s a bit of a sage....
How to Plan a Daily Quiet Time with God

How to Plan a Daily Quiet Time with God

I’m convinced that the one thing that will change everything about your life for the positive is establishing a daily quiet time with God. Your health will improve if you exercise daily. Your finances will improve if you manage your budget daily. And in the same...
The Most Important Decision I’ve Ever Made as a Pastor

The Most Important Decision I’ve Ever Made as a Pastor

The church I’m serving as pastor just bought a new property for $1.1 million in the heart of Northwest Arkansas. We spent a lot of time praying over that decision and it felt like a huge step. But it wasn’t the most important decision I’ve ever had...
A Christmas Promise: The Word of God Will Never Fail

A Christmas Promise: The Word of God Will Never Fail

The span between Malachi and Matthew lasted approximately four hundred years, often referred to by scholars as the “400 silent years” since there were no records of prophecies or angelic appearances. Then, God spoke. And when God broke the silence, he did...
I Hereby Declare: I Believe the Bible!

I Hereby Declare: I Believe the Bible!

On March 5 of 1995, on a school bus headed to Louisville, Kentucky, I made a decision that would impact the rest of my life. I had sensed for some time that God was calling me to be a Pastor, and I decided that day to set aside every other professional ambition and to...
Stop Preaching About All the Good People In the Bible!

Stop Preaching About All the Good People In the Bible!

There are no “good” people in the Bible – at least not in the theological sense – except for Jesus. Everybody else is wrecked and ruined by sin and desperately in need of a Savior. So the way we have traditionally approached character-based...
3 Tension-Filled Issues That Don’t Destroy My Faith

3 Tension-Filled Issues That Don’t Destroy My Faith

I believe in Jesus. I believe he is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God who came from heaven to earth, put on flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth. I believe he died on the cross to provide a substitutionary atonement for our sins and then rose again from...
5 Ways to Recover Your Passion for Pastoral Leadership

5 Ways to Recover Your Passion for Pastoral Leadership

I’ve been there. I’ve been burned out and depressed, discouraged and defeated. I’ve led in atmospheres where every creative idea was smothered by questions rooted in fear. I’ve been distracted by secondary interests. I’ve given into my...

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