This week I am in Los Angeles, attending the Shepherd’s Conference through the generosity of others. This year the church I serve couldn’t afford to send me, but the Lord provided. And I’m glad he did, I really needed it this year. Two years after first writing this, It is just as true and maybe more valuable than ever. The Shepherd’s conference isn’t the only game around, there is the Shepherd’s 360 conference associated with Shepherds Theological Seminary, There is the Banner of Truth Minister’s Conference, For the Church as well as smaller regional conferences like the annual GAMA Equipping Conference.… Continue reading
In what has become an all too common occurrence I was recently asked to comment on a mass shooting, specifically I was asked what is the cause of the rise in mass shootings and what can be done to mitigate the risk in the future and how should we a Christians think about mass shootings. While I may have some ideas about the why and how of mass shootings, what I can speak definitively about is a Christian perspective on mass shootings. And we find that perspective in Romans 5.
Before we get to Romans 5 I’ll simply say this, I don’t think any conversation that is limited to guns is a serious discussion about why there has been a drastic increase in mass shootings in the U.S.… Continue reading
About six months ago, I stopped wearing a tie when I preach (at least at my home church). It was an intentional, considered decision. One that I made prayerfully with reverence and out of love for God and the people and church that I am privileged to serve. For me I feel that the most reverent thing I can do is not wear a tie when I preach.
Let me explain. The church I serve was recently seriously injured by someone who sought and was admitted into leadership, all the while (over a period of several years) expertly concealing that he functionally rejected sola scriptura in favor of “capital F” Fundamentalism.… Continue reading
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
One of my go to Psalms on Monday mornings when I am often tired, and grouchy, and down and utterly emotionally spent after a day of ministry is Psalm 103. When I am completely wrung out it pours into me. And when things are darker and tougher that a typical Monday morning I go often go to Psalm 103, when I am at my lowest it ministers to my soul. And the thrust of the psalm is found in verse 2 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” The psalm goes on to enumerate many of the benefits of a saving relationship with the Lord through faith in Christ, and to extol the character of God.… Continue reading