WHY YOUR VIBRANT CHURCH MIGHT BE A DYING CHURCH

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CAN YOU BELIEVE IN GOD AND ALSO CALL SOMEONE A MOTHER [EXPLETIVE]?

You might have heard that David Letterman announced his retirement from The Late Show recently, a post he has held for several years. And you also might have heard that a guy named Stephen Colbert has been dubbed his replacement. Since this christening, Colbert has found widespread attention among a curious group of individuals–followers 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 […]

SON OF GOD MOVIE: A REVIEWED PREVIEW

The movie Son of God arrives in theaters this Friday. And, like any Christian movie, it’s caught the church’s gaze. The major question surrounding this movie is, “Is it accurate?” That is, does it accurately portray the Jesus found in the scriptures. As far as I can tell, the movie is an expansion of the […]

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