4 WAYS TO CULTIVATE CHURCHMANSHIP: MY LIFEWAY BLOG

In late 2012 I published my first book, The Church Member, in which I offer twelve chapters that finish the sentence, “The church member should …” Each chapter includes theological insights on the practices of churchmanship, such as baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and even respecting pastoral authority. But the foundation to the book isn’t about doing church […]

WHY CAIN PROBABLY MARRIED HIS SISTER, AND WHY THAT WAS OKAY

The first time I was ever challenged on the veracity of God’s Word was in my High School history class, when a student asked the class, “Where did Cain get his wife?” This was a secular school, and the question was arrayed with criticism. “Where did Cain get his wife?” I asked myself. As it […]

COMMON QUESTIONS ON STUDYING THE BIBLE

I’m currently preaching through a mini-series called, “How to Be a Disciple: Practical Lessons on Following Jesus.” The inspiration for the series is that, as a pastor, I often find that church members don’t have a problem with the “why” of doing things like praying, or studying God’s Word, or even giving, but the “how.” Therefore, […]

MORE THOUGHTS ON WATCHING THE JAMES FOLEY BEHEADING VIDEO

Earlier today I wrote a blog entitled, “Should I Watch the James Foley Beheading Video?” It was a question many people were asking, which is evidenced by the dialogue I received via social networks and private messages, as well as the traffic that reached the post from Google searches looking for the actual video. The blog wasn’t written […]

SHOULD I WATCH THE JAMES FOLEY BEHEADING VIDEO?

“Watch the video,” The Five’s Greg Gutfeld tells the American public, in reference to ISIS’ video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley. For Gutfeld, watching the video is a justified act because it can arouse a better understanding of the terror ISIS pledges against our country. I can’t help but wonder, however, as an American with no National Security credentials, […]

NINE (MORE) THINGS MARK CUBAN TAUGHT ME ABOUT MINISTRY

I recently read Mark Cuban’s How to Win at the Sport of Business, and then blogged about some of the things I learned. The book was so good, that I couldn’t reserve the list to just nine things, so here is a follow up blog on nine more things Mark Cuban taught me about the ministry. […]

SUNDAY DEVOTION: DYING TO LIVE

Every week I write a “From the Pastor” for my church. It’s a brief devotion of sorts that communicates something God has laid on my heart in recent days. It’s published in both our Sunday paper and in our bulletin. I wanted to take a moment to share my devotion for this upcoming Sunday: Have […]

THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ARTICLE I’VE EVER WRITTEN

The most controversial newspaper article I’ve ever written wasn’t on homosexuality, or abortion, or on the fashion faux pas of wearing white after labor day. It wasn’t on any of those issues at all. It was on, of all things, the age of dinosaurs. My advocation that dinosaurs are no more than ten thousand years old (in favor […]

ARE LIBERIAN AND MEXICAN SOULS LESS VALUABLE THAN AMERICAN SOULS?

In the August 6 edition of the Southern Baptists of Texas’ Digital Texan, an article named “52,000 Immigrant Children and the Call to Love Outsiders” appeared (originally published on erlc.com), coauthored by Criswell College’s Barry Creamer and Brandon Smith. The article encouraged Christians to sensitively consider that the border crisis is more of a people crisis […]

NINE THINGS MARK CUBAN TAUGHT ME ABOUT MINISTRY

Some years ago I read through Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, and then related some of the lessons I learned in a blog. I can honestly say the book greatly impacted my life, particularly the way I do ministry. After reading through Mark Cuban’s book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, I […]

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