How often have you heard someone, when asked “Who is the Church” would respond with a quick, “I am the Church!”? I know I’ve heard it….a lot. In fact, I’d dare say I’ve probably said it a time or two myself. And unfortunately, it’s just not an accurate or biblical statement to make. Don’t misunderstand […]Read More I Am Not the Church
We’ve all been there…someone in authority over us comes to us and lets us know that they need to talk to us privately. Then, we get to the closed door room and we are confronted with something we may have said or done that is needing to be corrected. I know I’ve been there COUNTLESS times […]Read More When Correction Becomes a Memorial
No doubt you’ve seen them. You’ve seen the cars with the “Christianese” catchphrase bumper stickers on them…or the “Jesus Fish” or the crosses….or even the bumper sticker for a local church plastered on a car…and the rare car that has all of the above plus some. And it also just so happens that the driver […]Read More Bumper Sticker Christianity
I have not always understood what spiritual authority is…nor did I probably even care for a long time. Nor am I claiming to understand it completely now, but I’m definitely farther along than I was. And to understand where I am now, you have to understand where I was and how I got here. It […]Read More Spiritual Authority: This is My Story
It is never easy to say goodbye to people that you have lived life with for so long. It’s easy to say goodbye to people you’ve never poured your life into, but it is NEVER easy to say goodbye to people who have shared intimate moments in your life with you. It was not easy […]Read More When They Say Goodbye: Coming to Terms With Those Who Have Walked Away
The biggest lie about marriage and divorce? “It’s just about me and my spouse. No one else.” Sadly, many have bought this lie hook, line, and sinker and have left a huge massive pile of victims in the wake of their divorce. The reality is, your marriage is not only about you and your spouse. […]Read More Marriage & Divorce: It’s Not Only About You.
Ever hear someone say, “It’s just me and Jesus!”? Or something like, “I appreciate your concern, but Jesus loves me and His grace is enough for me, and I know he’ll forgive me and love me just as I am.”? Usually, these statements are blurted out hastily when a pastor or another fellow Christian is […]Read More Accountability: “I don’t need it, it’s Just me and Jesus!”
At some point in history, someone (or someones) determined that they needed to find a better way to be able to see farther and with more clarity than what was physically possible with the naked human eye. It is still a mystery to this day as to exactly who invented it, but the first patent for […]Read More The Nearsighted Church: How to Get Our Telescope Back
Recently a member of the Abolish Human Abortion (AHA) society put out a Facebook status that stated that the gospel was not the main thing. He argued that loving God and loving others was the main thing and that the gospel was secondary to these 2 things. This was also followed up by several leaders […]Read More The Gospel IS the Main Thing…and Here’s why
In 2 Kings chapter 7 we see an interesting story where the people of Israel are under siege by the Syrian army. Because of this siege the people of Israel were starving to death. They were helpless, hungry, and desperate. In fact, in chapter 6, we see that they are so desperate that people are literally […]Read More How Shall We Die?
Have you ever been so afraid that you were blind to what was really happening around you? I know I’ve experienced this. Especially when the pressures of life began to have a profound effect on more than just myself, but also my family, or friends, and others around me. The most recent corporate example of […]Read More When Fear Blinds You to Reality
2016 has been….an interesting year. To say the least. But of all the interesting things in 2016, I think that it has been a pivotal year for the church in America. A revealing year. As I’ve stated in previous articles, the heart of much of the American Church was radically exposed. And all it took […]Read More The Missing Spark of Revival and Unity
When in the course of Church history it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the ideological bands which have connected them with another and to assume credibility and obedience to God despite the opinions of mankind that they should declare the causes which compel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be […]Read More A Declaration of Independence from Situationism
This election season, unlike any other I’ve witnessed in my very short 16-year voting history, has been one of the most stressful and disheartening elections I have personally been through. We are still a good 2 weeks out from election day, but let’s not kid ourselves, people have made up their minds at this point […]Read More Minds Are Made Up. So where do we go from here?
“I just want to share with you what God has put on my heart.” In some cases (and I do mean some) this is a legitimate statement. God has indeed (in some cases) put something legitimate on the heart of a believer to speak to another believer. I think about Nathan to David concerning his […]Read More Masking Words With Deceptive Phrases
This past week in my church a recurring theme kept ringing out. In our prayer time before service, during our worship, and even at the end of our service when we took up a HUGE offering for our property…the theme of abounding faith was ringing out clearly. Specifically, the example of Elijah (1 Kings 18:20-40 […]Read More The Faith Vacuum
I’m sure you’ve heard from several sources over the last several months that this election is possibly the most important election EVER. And I tend to agree…but not for the reasons that you may suspect. You see the typical arguments for why this is an important election range from SCOTUS appointments to further advancements of abortion […]Read More The Most Important Election EVER
We live in the midst of a Christian cultural environment that has somehow bought the lie that we should disconnect ourselves from this world, that faith doesn’t mix with politics, and that Christians should just focus on religious stuff within the confines of the walls of our churches and homes, and ultimately leave the world […]Read More Exiled…
So your standard for how to vote in this election is Hillary. I get it. I really do. I used to have this same exact mindset as well. You’re going to vote for Trump (lesser of 2 evils) because you feel that Hillary is the greater threat to our freedoms and future. You’re going to […]Read More Whom shall I fear?
Psalm 18:2 ESV The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. When I read scriptures like this, that utilizes imagery to describe God, his character, his personality, his power, his might, his justice, […]Read More Attempting to move the immovable
Our nation, and more importantly our churches, are in shambles. And sadly I bear part of the blame. You see, I’ve been a Christian (at least in name) since I was 7 years old. I was “saved” on a Wednesday night during revival in a West Virginia Baptist church. I knew what to say and […]Read More I once was blind but now I see…
Matthew 5:14-16 NLT You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good […]Read More This little light of mine…
You go to church based on who is preaching rather than who they are preaching about. Your first thought after worship is about how loud it was instead of how great our God is. You think the King James Version is the only legitimate version of the Bible (feel free to replace KJV with whatever […]Read More You might have a sacred cow if…
“It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.” | II Samuel 11:1 NKJV I recently attended a specially called meeting […]Read More Run to the Battle – 5 Important Points for Pastors Engaging the Culture | Guest Contributor Dr. Kevin Baird
I realize that the old song “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” is referring to the loss of loved ones, especially in the body of Christ and ultimately seeing them one day in heaven. And I also realize that the song is most specifically referring to this loss from the perspective of death. But what about […]Read More When the Circle Becomes Broken