I Want to Be the Pastor on the Bridge

I Want to Be the Pastor on the Bridge

Every time I read a book or watch a movie about the 1960’s I ask myself, which group of white people would I have found myself amongst if I were an adult through the Civil Rights Movement? Those who were vocally opposed to the movement because of their own overt white...

Speaking Up for the Oppressed

As you come down to the end of James’s challenge about racism, favoritism, and classism, he gives us two short words. I want to give them to you today and ask you to take up this challenge with me. James says, “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the...
Yes, Jesus IS the Answer

Yes, Jesus IS the Answer

Racism has been a part of the human story for thousands of years. The Bible itself contains the history of tribal wars in Abraham’s day, the rise of empericalism and slavery and on into the New Testament when the question of whether the Messiah came to save the...
The Real Cultural Core Issue: Disconnection

The Real Cultural Core Issue: Disconnection

This was originally posted to my Facebook profile the day after the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio… Two mass shootings in twenty four hours. We’re severely broken. This morning, I’m starting a sermon series about the topic...
3 Components of a Healthy Church Planting Model

3 Components of a Healthy Church Planting Model

We’re so “ether-or” in our viewpoints, aren’t we? We have a tendency to form an opinion, stake a position, and defend it against anything that looks different. Tension can be good. Out of tension flows a creative discussion and differences of...
It Happened to a Church Family in Sutherland Springs, Texas

It Happened to a Church Family in Sutherland Springs, Texas

That’s the phrase that keeps going through my mind. It happened to a church family in a small town in Texas. A pastor’s teenage daughter was killed, along with twenty-five other people, plus the shooter at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas....
Dear Children's Cup, Happy 25th Birthday!

Dear Children's Cup, Happy 25th Birthday!

Just a few months ago, a team of people from Grace Hills visited Belize City to explore a potential partnership with Children’s Cup, which has now been sharing the gospel and serving the needs of the world’s underprivileged for twenty-five years. Since...
When God Awakens a City to Himself

When God Awakens a City to Himself

When I say “city,” you can think community, or neighborhood, or metropolitan area, or whatever your context is. The point is the same… I love the picture of Philippi coming to know Jesus through Paul and his friends in Acts, chapter 16. On Saturday,...
How the Church Can Experience Revival Today

How the Church Can Experience Revival Today

Most Christians I know want the church to experience revival. We just don’t all agree on what revival looks like. Back in the olden days (the mid-1990’s) I preached a few times at a small church (averaging 12 each Sunday) in eastern Arkansas. They had a...
The Kind of Old-Time Religion the Church Really Needs

The Kind of Old-Time Religion the Church Really Needs

I’m writing this article to a generation that might never have heard the old song, Old Time Religion (so I included a clip from an old movie, Sergeant York, for you). I grew up in an old-fashioned church. We had an old building, built in 1833, and an old...

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