The Hamster Wheels of Ministry

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When I was a kid, a good friend of mine had a hamster.  I don’t remember his (or her?) name, or even what he looked like.  All I remember about this hamster is what happened the first time I stayed overnight at my friend’s house. Sometime after midnight, I woke up to the sound of that little rodent running for his life on a big wheel in the middle of his cage.  Despite having an elaborate system of tubes and tunnels to explore, that hamster spent the better part of the night (and every night, as I understand it) in a race to nowhere. … Continue reading

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Deep Growth in a Shallow World

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How long has it been since you checked your phone? If you are an average user, it’s now been less than 4.3 minutes and chances are, you’ll pause reading this article for a quick glance. Whether you come back to finish or not is up for grabs. Like it or not, we live in a digital age and the devices are shaping us.

Media ecologist, T. Gordan David makes the point that a tool isn’t neutral. When you use a shovel, you have made an impact with the tool, but likewise, the tool may have made your back and shoulders sore or given you calluses.… Continue reading

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Reflections on James

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Two weeks ago I finished preaching through James at Piedmont Bible Church (you can listen here). For me, it is always a time of reflection after I finish preaching through a book of the Bible. When I am in the thick of a series my study is very focused, as I strive to learn everything I can about each passage I am preaching.

While before I start a new series, I spend a good bit of time studying the book I am about to preach as a whole, my knowledge of the book (or section of the book) is nothing compared to what it is after I have finished preaching through it.Continue reading

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Youth Ministry Done Right

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Almost 4 years ago, I began full-time youth ministry in a local church here in NW Arkansas. This is certainly not my first go-around with youth ministry in terms of leading and volunteering. However, this is the first time I believe I am doing youth ministry in a way that pleases God and is faithful to His Word. How do I know this?

Before I arrived in Arkansas, I wrote up a Philosophy of Youth Ministry in order to get my head on straight of why I do what I do with the youth and church I serve. I wrote a summary of that here on PS23 in a past blog.… Continue reading

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Who is this Messenger?

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Hebrews opens with one of the most Christ-descriptive paragraphs in all of the New Testament,

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.  And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they (1:1-4)

In short, Jesus is God in the flesh, the second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God. … Continue reading

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