I’VE CHANGED MY MIND, SODOM IS ABOUT INHOSPITALITY

Matthew Vines, the self proposed “gay Christian,” in his book, God and the Gay Christian, argues that gay people in committed relationships is not ungodly or unbiblical. This is to say that Vines believes that it’s okay–biblically warranted even–to be homosexual, so long as you are in a monogamous relationship. His book argues this point by […]

A FEW THOUGHTS ON MESSING WITH ISRAEL

Many years ago God provided three metaphors to the prophet Zechariah concerning what would happen to those who attempted to remove the Jews from their land. Each metaphor reveals a frightening picture of what life looks like when you antagonize God through those whom he calls the apple of his eye. While the metaphors contextually concern […]

MY NEW BOOK: GOD ON LINE ONE: ACCEPTING THE CALL TO MINISTRY

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been working on a new book on the subject of accepting the call to ministry. My calling into the ministry was extremely memorable. I’ll never forget the hurricane of emotions that whirled around in my heart. The experience inspired me to be sensitive to others that might be undergoing the same thing. In […]

WOULD YOU RATHER YOUR PASTOR PRAY FOR YOUR SNEEZE OR COUNSEL YOU THROUGH SUFFERING?

I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a friend one time about an experience he had with a pastor. The man’s marriage was on the rocks and he decided that he would seek pastoral care from his shepherd. As he laid out his problems before the pastor, the pastor stood up and said, “Well, I’m […]

WHY YOUR VIBRANT CHURCH MIGHT BE A DYING CHURCH

I remember watching a documentary some years ago on the life of Paul Wight, a seven foot, four hundred and forty one pound wrestler for the WWE. You might know him better by his stage name, “The Big Show.” The documentary detailed how, during his sophomore year in college, Wight was diagnosed with acromegaly, a condition that causes […]

PASTOR

PASTOR

I serve as the Pastor at Mission Dorado Baptist Church (missiondorado.com) in Odessa, Texas, which is my third pastorate in over a decade of ministry.

AUTHOR

AUTHOR

I’ve authored one book, The Church Member, and two resources, The Sweetest Names I Know and Marital Roles. They are available at most major book distributors.

BLOGGER

BLOGGER

My favorite thing in this world, besides Star Wars, is writing. And so I blog here and also at sbcvoices.com and christiansincontext.com. I’ve also written articles for carm.org.

BLOG FACELIFT

If you have visited the blog recently, then I’m sure you’ve noticed that things have changed a bit. And if you haven’t (and received this post in an email) then you should stop by and check it out. I’m excited about the site’s new design. It abandons the typical menu system (although it is easily […]

DON’T TRY TO UNDERSTAND JESUS. JUST FOLLOW HIM.

“The book of Revelation is not intended to drive us to charts; it’s intended to drive us to Christ.” -David Platt For those of you who study theology, this is a backdoor slight against a biblical hermeneutic called “Dispensationalism.” Dispensationalism encourages, where contextually plausible, a literal reading of the Bible, which therefore suggests things like a literal seven year […]

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