I get a lot of questions about teenagers. It only makes sense, I am the pastor of student ministry at my church. The questions range from why I do what I do (I point them to my philosophy of ministry), to what am I teaching, to “how do I disciple my kids at home that will be a benefit to their spiritual growth?”
One of the top questions I get is, “what resources/books would you recommend for my teenager?”
My first response is always “read the Bible. It is God’s Word. They will get more from being committed to spending time in God’s Word (reading, studying, praying over, etc) than they will get from reading 100 books.… Continue reading
God has been very gracious to me. He mercifully saved my soul at age 8. He then gave me the strength to go to school everyday as a outcast because I loved Christ more than the world. When I was 14yrs old, I had the desire to be in full-time pastoral ministry. After high school, God granted me schooling at Moody Bible Institute to be trained in full-time ministry. When I first arrived, I had dropped the pastoral-desire and instead wanted to pursue sports-ministry (specifically camp ministry). I was unhappy with that major, because it was more about me than about serving Christ and His church.… Continue reading
God has used all kinds of literature in the Bible to convey His truth. Poetry, narrative, exhortation, etc. One of those is Satire. Satire can be defined as the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. This genre is used quite a bit in God’s Word. Elijah the prophet used it (1 Kings 18:27). Isaiah used it (Isa 40:19-20). Paul used it (1 Cor 4:8-13). Jesus used it (Matt 7:5). And God used it (Jer 46:11). In fact, it is possible that Jonah is a whole 4-chapter book that is satirical, though still historical.… Continue reading
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
Context is king!
I have been told this for a very long time, especially in seminary where I was learning to rightly divide God’s Word. The Bible was not written in a vacuum. It was written in real history, with real people, making real speeches, writing with real pens & ink & paper, with real burdens to see God’s holiness perfected in God’s people. And each book makes an argument for us to live as God intended: for His glory. Every passage, then, must be taken at face value and interpreted in its context, so that the truth contained will be understood as God the Author intended it to be understood.… Continue reading