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 […]

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 […]

YOUR FREE GIFT FOR MY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

There is an old joke on marriage that makes me laugh nearly every time. It goes like this: Man: “My wife and I have been married for fifteen wonderful years!” Crowd: *applauds* Man: “We’ve been married for twenty-five years, but only fifteen of them have been wonderful!” Today marks eight wonderful years of marriage for me […]

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 […]

WHAT IS THE ACHILLES HEEL OF YOUR WALK WITH GOD?

There is a legend in Greek mythology that details the story of a baby on whom a young death was prophesied. This baby’s name was Achilles. To thwart this prophecy, Achilles’ mother, Thetis, took him to the River Styx, a river that supposedly offered powers of invulnerability. Thetis placed her faith in this river’s fabled power, and […]

WHY DOES GOD LET TRAGEDY HAPPEN?

Last week my wife and I drove across the state of Texas to attend the funeral of her 19-year-old cousin, who had tragically passed away in a car accident the week before. The situation prompted a question that many Christians have asked in their respective tragedies, which is, “Why would God let this happen?” The eight hour […]

DO DINOSAURS DISCOUNT THE BIBLE?

I don’t know about you, but, for me, one of the most intriguing subjects in the world is that of dinosaurs. I mean, who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Whether they are cute images on a baby’s footsy pajamas or vicious creatures slaughtering innocent civilians in Jurassic Park, dinosaurs offer something for everyone. (In this case, the loving parent or the emotionally […]

AN ALTAR ON WHICH TO DIE: A PLEA FOR THE INVITATION

I was raised in a church in which there was no “invitation,” a moment at the end of service designed to allow people to respond to God’s Word. To be clear, in light of the contextual mood of this post, this isn’t to say that this church is evil. I deeply appreciate my experience there. But, because of […]

WHAT NOAH TEACHES US ABOUT EASTER, AND ABOUT OURSELVES

Most recently I invited Bill Watson, Criswell College’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, to Mission Dorado Baptist Church to preach our Palm Sunday service. Bill is a two time graduate of the Criswell College and is working on his PhD at the University of Texas in Dallas. Bill preached on Noah, which wasn’t inspired by […]

HOW YOUR MARRIAGE CAN TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT EASTER

You likely know the story: God caused a “deep sleep” to fall on Adam and then took one of his ribs and fashioned Eve out of it (Genesis 2:21-22). There is an incredible typology embedded into this event about the true message of Easter.  The sleep in which Adam enters is well described as a […]

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