Becoming Gospel Fluent: The Gospel Fluency Handbook

Sometimes you see a book that you know you need to read. Gospel Fluency was once of those books for me. It was not about knowing more about the gospel. It was about knowing the gospel in such a way that it changes you. It works powerfully within us and flows freely from us. Gospel … Continue reading Becoming Gospel Fluent: The Gospel Fluency Handbook

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Top 5 Posts of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, I decided to review the top 5 posts from Declare & Display. I started blogging a little over a year ago out of a desire to declare and display the gospel in all of life. I wanted to speak to the issues of disciple-making, engaging culture, and church planting. … Continue reading Top 5 Posts of 2017

Fighting Busyness During the Holidays

Life can be busy and stressful, especially during the holidays. School is stressful for your children, which stresses you out. Sickness levels the house, which is followed by unexpected bills.  You're stressed out that you're stressed out and not enjoying time with your family. Christmas parties start to pile up, along with all the white elephant gifts … Continue reading Fighting Busyness During the Holidays

Book Notes: Our Secular Age

How can the church be faithful in its mission to bear witness to Jesus Christ in our secular age? Are we asking the right questions? Do we really understand the context in which we are serving? How can we communicate the gospel in a way that addresses the real concerns and questions of this generation? … Continue reading Book Notes: Our Secular Age

Book Notes: Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention

Jarvis Williams and Kevin Jones have given Southern Baptists, and any denomination with ears to hear, a great gift in Removing the Stain of Racism From the Southern Baptist Convention: Diverse African-American and White Perspectives. It is the gift of honest reflection and thoughtful responses to the removing the stain of racism from the Southern Baptist Church. … Continue reading Book Notes: Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention

Letter to a Gay Student

Thank you for sharing this news with me. I really am honored you would entrust me with something so personal. Before I say anything else, I want you to know that I love you and am for you. That was true before you shared this with me and that will continue to be so long … Continue reading Letter to a Gay Student

30 for 30: Lessons on Life and Ministry

There is something about turning thirty that makes you reflect. You realize that you have lived a significant amount of life, but you still—Lord willing—have a lot more life to live. You have lived long enough to learn a few things, but you still feel like you have so much to learn. You have lived … Continue reading 30 for 30: Lessons on Life and Ministry

Reflecting on SBC 2017: Three Things We Must Do

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, AZ is in the books. I spent most of my Lyft drives in Phoenix either trying to share the gospel or explain how the SBC works. The former was easier than the latter in most cases! Three years ago, I responded to the call … Continue reading Reflecting on SBC 2017: Three Things We Must Do

Teens & Sexuality: Addressing Sexuality with Teenagers

In our families and in our churches, we are far too often late to the conversation about sexuality with our teenagers and reactionary once we speak up. This should not be the case. The kitchen table and living room are perhaps the best places for this discussion. And the church is called to equip its … Continue reading Teens & Sexuality: Addressing Sexuality with Teenagers