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
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
It is easier to see the digital speck in the eyes of others than to see the digital log in my own eye! Serving in student ministry offers a front row seat to the possibilities and dangers of the digital age. I picked up 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke because I want … Continue reading Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke
I like coffee. I like reading. I like drinking coffee while reading. I like coffee while reading things that stir my heart and mind to delight in, declare, and display the gospel in all of life. Each Saturday, I will be posting three links that aim to do just that. Perhaps as you enjoy your Saturday morning […]
Being a disciple precedes making disciples. Knowing Christ precedes making Christ known. Being strengthened by grace precedes entrusting the good deposit to others. You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men who will … Continue reading Strengthened By Grace: An Essential Resource for Making Disciples
I like coffee. I like reading. I like drinking coffee while reading. I like drinking coffee while reading things that stir my heart and mind to delight in, declare, and display the gospel in all of life. Each Saturday, I will be posting three links that aim to do just that. Perhaps as you enjoy your Saturday … Continue reading Coffee Reading: Links that Stir Your Heart and Mind (3/18)
“Christianity demands that we have enough compassion to learn the questions of our generation.” – Francis Schaeffer Do you hear what Schaeffer is saying? Our witness and discipleship requires that we understand the questions our generation is asking. To understand these questions, we must listen. However, Schaeffer puts his finger on our problem, which is … Continue reading Listen Up: A Needed Skill for Evangelism and Discipleship
Friendship. What comes to your mind when you hear that word? You might be painfully aware of your lack of friends. Or you may be grateful to be thriving in healthy, biblical friendships. Most likely, you find yourself somewhere in between these two options. You probably have some friends, some you might even consider close. Most likely, you've experienced some of the challenges and joys of friendship. If you are anything like me, you've felt the need to be a better friend and have wondered if your friendships are all they should be, all that God desires them to be. If any of this fit your experience, The Company We Keep by Jonathan Holmes will help you better understand, pursue, cultivate biblical friendships.
As The Shack comes comes to the big screen, I hope we will not only discern its error but that we will also discern the opportunity it provides us to share about our God who draws near to us in our suffering and speaks to us through His Son and the Scriptures.
You’re going to want to pick up a copy of Gospel Fluency. Jeff Vanderstelt has done the church a great service with this book. If you are looking for a book that will encourage you and equip to share the gospel more, this book will do it. However, it is also more than that. Gospel Fluency calls us to know, rehearse, and be immersed in the gospel so that it works in us and flows from us.