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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

THE FAITH IN FIFTY YEARS: ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA, AND HOMOSEXUALITY

One of the most important questions that can be asked is, “What is truth?” As Christians, we believe that God’s Word is truth. Thus, if God’s Word says something like, “Do not steal,” then we know that the truth is that we shouldn’t steal. No questions asked. We also know (or should know) that if […]

I GOT THIS TATTOO TO SHARE THE GOSPEL

The following might be a familiar scenario: After noticing a new addition to your Christian friend’s arm, you couldn’t help but ask what inspired him to pay money to a stranger to stain his skin with a tool forged in the pits of Hades. (Can you tell I hate needles?) The response might have gone something like this, “I […]

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 […]

THE UNBIBLICAL CALLING OF THE PASTOR

How would you respond if asked, “What does Dr. Pepper taste like?” It’s hard to answer, because Dr. Pepper’s taste is the result of a blend, a marvelous blend mind you, of 23 flavors. And while the blend of flavors for this “DP” is outright amazing, there is another “DP” whose blend of flavors is downright stressing. […]

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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