Allen Cagle

About Allen Cagle

Allen serves as the Lead Pastor at Sunrise Community Church in Atlantic Beach, FL, in the Jacksonville area. He graduated from The Master's Seminary (MDiv) in 2005 and from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (DMin) in 2017. Allen is married to Mindy and has three awesome kids.

I’m not always right, but I always think I am

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In the midst of a contentious discussion that doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere, have you always-rightever had someone tell you, “You always think you’re right!” In my less sanctified moments, I have said, “Of course I do. Don’t you always think you are right?”  If you thought you were wrong you would have to be a special kind of arrogant to argue for a position you don’t actually believe. People have a sense of right and wrong and are willing to quarrel to prove their rightness. The truth is, I’m not always right, but I always think I am.

This post is born out of my own heart as I process how I should think about disagreements.… 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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The Benefits of Consecutive Exposition

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Last time I posted, I made the case for preaching the next lines, not the headlines. Os Guinness wrote, “He who marries the spirit of the age soon becomes a widower.” Tracking cultural trends from the pulpit is ultimately an exhausting carousel. I’d like to make an argument for sequential exposition as the regular diet for your church. If you read my last offering on PS23, sorry for the redundancy, but for clarity let me say it again, I’m not making a case for never preaching a topic or theme. But on balance, I believe sequential exposition is the best practice.*

22 Benefits of Sequential Exposition

  1. You proclaim the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).
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Why I Preach the Next Lines Not the Headlines

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I have the awesome privilege and responsibility of preaching at Sunrise Community Church. The pulpit has been adequately described as the golden ball and chain. I never thought I’d preach regularly but now I wouldn’t trade it. As for what and how I preach, I’m committed to preaching the gospel of Christ through the sequential exposition of Scripture. Thankfully, our elders and church family expect me to preach messages from the Bible. For this legacy and expectation, I’m profoundly grateful.

In the past year or so, I’ve starting a running tab (mentally until now) of all the topics I’ve been encouraged to address from the pulpit.… Continue reading

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In Gratitude for the Blue Planet

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Earlier this year, my family and I had the opportunity to visit the Space Center. It was sort of like taking my inner nerd out for a field trip.* I don’t think I could ever work in that field because math isn’t my strong suit, but I am fascinated by the unknown and vastness of the heavens. I learned a ton about the new developments in space exploration. Did you know that NASA is now sharing space with private space exploration companies (like Blue Origin and SpaceX)? SpaceX has a rocket that comes back to its landing spot. It’s freakishly sci-fi movie-like.Continue reading

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