I have prepared myself for this moment for some time, warned the church, and now write it out. We have to counsel divorce when addressing a repentant homosexual. Now, let’s be clear. When our friend got “married,” he did not really get married in God’s eyes. For God defines marriage between man and woman, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Matt.… Continue reading
It might be amusing to some (and disconcerting to others) to know what happens behind the scenes here on PS23. My Facebook messenger feed is virtually continuously buzzing from conversation, ranging from what’s new in theology, politics, current events, church life, and what my wife cooked for dinner. The latter inevitably morphs into a conversation about food, and the proper preparation thereof (especially as it relates to BBQ or coffee). Disagreement will exist, and then the expected “sticker war” (Who knew that language is de-evolutionizing to pictography? For that we might have our degrees revoked). But there’s more than just fun to our PS23 thread.… Continue reading
I have now been a full-time, vocational youth pastor for a year (party hats! Whoop whoop!) I never quite imagined how enjoyable, challenging, fun, and demanding it is. I figured doing youth ministry was going to be easier than being a senior pastor or associate pastor, but I was wrong. Youth are people (against popular opinion 🙂 ) who have emotions, make decisions, must live with the consequences of those decisions, and who also have a spiritual life that God is interested in. I have come to discover that if I am faithful to shepherd the students under my care, it is work in every sense of that word.… Continue reading
If you were to visit our church on Sunday, you might notice a few differences from what you’re used to. Often about half way through the service, the scent of carnitas roasting begins to waft from the Mexican restaurant next door. And that is just one of the various church plant oddities you might notice. A 12 year old boy runs the sound system; the bulletins are simple and printed on regular copier paper; and we even have two different kinds of chairs in the sanctuary. These are some of the quirks that go along with being a newish and growing church plant.… Continue reading
Yesterday, today, and for the days and weeks to come television, social media, and the internet in general will be filled with analysis of the events which took place on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The day a young man went into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, took out a weapon, and then killed at least nine people gathered for mid-week services. Pundits will pontificate, politicians will call for more or less restrictions on the citizenry at large, thousands or more will ask ‘why,’ and families will grieve over loved ones lost from this mortal realm.
Christian, I want to encourage you to be in one of those groups – I want you to grieve with the grieving!… Continue reading