It’s August here in America and school has started once again. Everyone has moved up and grade and is excited for the up-and-coming year.
What we might have forgotten is that a whole group of teens have just recently graduated and are in college. It is at this point we find out if their faith they professed in High School is real. For many, the mask comes off and we see the ugliness of sin that has always been there. How does this happen? How can a “good” kid go off to college and then leave the church and the faith? … Continue reading
This past weekend, about 70 miles from the church, a deadly riot occurred. This murderous riot was planned and organized by the white supremacists and racists of the “alt-right.” And make no mistake the “alt-right” is racist to its core, and God hates racism, as much as He hates all other sin. And what God hates the church should hate too. And the church must denounce it unqualified terms. The “alt-right” is evil, kinism is evil, white-supremacy is evil, neo-nazis are evil.
As the people of Israel were instructed in Amos 5:15 the church, God’s covenant people in the present age, ought to hate evil and love good and pursue justice.… Continue reading
I live in the Southern part of America—also known as “The Bible Belt.” I would actually like to rename this belt by calling it “The Church Belt,” because there are a ton of churches (where I live, there are 100+ churches in a 50-mile radius). The problem with this title is that not all these churches are faithful to Christ. So, I personally call this belt the “Lots of Buildings With The Name ‘Church’ On Them, In Which You Don’t Have To Be Committed, But You Must Go Occasionally To Fit In With The Culture.”
Pretty sure that will not stick.… Continue reading
Our church is in a very odd place; nearly five years after originally being planted, we are essentially in the process of replanting the church. One of the great oddities of our area is that it is very transient, people move in and out of the area frequently. In fact, I am told by several pastors who have been in this area 20 years or more, that a church needs to grow 15%-30% a year on average to keep pace with shrinkage from families moving away.
And last year we were hit especially hard, with roughly 3/4 of the church moving away. … Continue reading
A summer without going to a Bible/church camp doesn’t feel like summer to me. I am 33 years old and 25 of those years I have attended summer camp (either as a camper or counselor/leader). So, missing summer camp is very odd—I am sure many of you just nodded you head, because you know what I am talking about.
Well, this past Sunday, my youth group arrived home from summer camp. We attend ASCEND CAMP. It is a camp of epic games, and clear Bible teaching. Over 600 students show up for this “camp” and it is non-stop fun, as well as life-transforming.… Continue reading