What Can We Do About All the Problems? We Can Keep Showing Up

What Can We Do About All the Problems? We Can Keep Showing Up

So, what do we do about all this stuff? Years of preaching and listening to sermons about how to be positive, happy, and successful definitely did NOT prepare us to endure a lengthy global pandemic, which triggered a recession, which occurred during an election year,...
2021: The Year of GOOD News?

2021: The Year of GOOD News?

For the last couple of months, I’ve listened as the Holy Spirit has put a phrase on my heart for the upcoming year of ministry… 2021: The Year of Good News That’s right. Good news. 2021 is definitely going to be a year of good news. It’s preposterous, isn’t it? 2020...
God Put You Here for This Generation

God Put You Here for This Generation

When I was starting in ministry, I was very nostalgic and felt attached to the decades in which evangelicalism was thriving most easily in America, as if that were a better era in which to do ministry. Not only have I come to understand how that season was not a...
The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The church is messy, isn’t it? When I look around, I see that we’re often unsafe for the hurting, unkind to those who don’t see the world the way we do, and unlike Jesus in how we relate to people. We often tack our nationalism, patriotism, racism,...
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....

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