Worshipping In the Powerful Presence of God

Kayla Bailey performing her original song, Found at Grace Hills. This weekend was powerful. Sunday, we kicked off a new message series called Found and we’re exploring what it means for God to be on mission to find us, rescue us, and commission us to go find...
You Need to Know Balthasar Hubmaier

You Need to Know Balthasar Hubmaier

Baptists sometimes miss out on great ancient resources found in some great theologians and leaders of the past who probably impacted our theology as much or more than the Reformers, but the Reformers get all the kudos. Take, for example, Balthasar Hubmaier, an early...
Truth Isn't Subject to Change

Truth Isn't Subject to Change

On the radio this morning were two different stories about major moral issues in American culture. On the abortion front was the story of North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signing into law two of the strictest anti-abortion bills in the country: one that bans abortion...
Should You Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart?

Should You Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart?

According to J. D. Greear, yes! And J. D. is an expert on the subject, having asked Jesus into his heart thousands of times. I remember leading a fifteen-year-old student through the gospel, which he knew quite well already, and then in receiving Christ by faith. He...
Without a Single Fault

Without a Single Fault

I’m flawed. I have many faults (just ask my wife). I know the ugly side of Brandon better than anyone else, so when I read Colossians 1:22 this morning, a phrase jumped out at me that seems completely impossible… Yet now he has reconciled you to himself...
Let's Fight FOR Worship!

Let's Fight FOR Worship!

Everybody worships. Not everyone believes in God, or in gods, or in the God of the Bible, but everyone worships. Everybody ascribes worth to something, which is one of the basic definitions of worship. My favorite book about worship, outside the Bible, is Warren...
A Biblical Ecclesiology for Church Planting

A Biblical Ecclesiology for Church Planting

A casual observer of the modern church planting movement might conclude that we have a generation of leaders who are aggressively launching churches in the same way serial entrepreneurs start new businesses. With the right model, enough talent, and piles of cash, we...
Getting Explicit About the Gospel

Getting Explicit About the Gospel

Rick Warren said, “If you read only one book this year, make it this one. It’s that important.” The gospel is a message that never loses its relevancy and always needs retelling. I found Matt Chandler’s The Explicit Gospel to be an awesome...
The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church

The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church

In 1975, Bill Hybels assumed the leadership of a fledgling church plant that would grow into the rather influential Willow Creek Community Church. Under Bill’s leadership, the church pioneered many concepts in the seeker-sensitive strain of worship and ministry....
John Piper Interviews Rick Warren About Doctrine

John Piper Interviews Rick Warren About Doctrine

For the last year, I’ve gotten daily reports on the mentions of Rick Warren, Purpose Driven, and Saddleback Church. Sometimes I respond in some way, but most of the time we just like to know what’s on the radar. What upsets me is that there are so many...