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Jan 10 2014

Shhhhh…It’s a Mercy Killing

Allow me to date myself by quoting a line from a song by the Imperials (a popular CCM group before the dawn of time):

Now in my house there’s been a mercy killing,
the man I used to be’s been crucified, Read More


Dec 31 2013

Elevating Worship Through Scripture

Dear Pastors and ministry leaders—a new year of God’s faithfulness is upon us. I am praying for a year of growth for me, my family and for our church. I hope this blog has been and continues to be a source of encouragement to you in your service to Christ and His kingdom. Read More


Dec 20 2013

The Earth Stood Still

Pastors: Don’t fear a lack of originality at Christmas. If How the Grinch Stole Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life can be watched every year, and if “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” can be sung every year, you don’t have to wrestle with “something they have never heard before” in your message preparation.

The power is in the story itself. God came down in a little baby who is the Savior of the world. Go tell it on the mountain! Here is one of my favorite Christmas songs from Jacob Sooter and Meredith Andrews. I hope it blesses you too.


Dec 11 2013

The Best Novel I’ve Read in a Long Time!

Hey, who’s not up for an early Christmas present? Consider today’s post just that—a pre-Christmas gift from my good friend Jerry Jenkins. Jerry is the much-loved author of the Left Behind series and more than 150 other books and novels. But of far greater significance, Jerry is a dear friend and truly humble follower of Jesus. We won’t know till we’re in heaven how many men, women, teens and kids have been awakened to the gospel or called back to Jesus through his compelling gift of writing.

I had the privilege of providing biblical research for his latest novel I, SaulIt’s a thriller in the truest sense of the word—a fantastic story about the life of the apostle Paul. It’s told in a way that grips your heart with the historical Paul and makes his enduring example alive in your current experience. Please consider getting I, Saul under the trees of some loved ones. My royalties for this and all writing projects are being directed to our church’s 5G campaign. Check out the trailer, then follow the link to the first chapter, my guess is you will want to read more :). Consider giving some great resources that bless and impact lives for Christ in our gift-giving decisions. Early merry Christmas! :)

> Download the first chapter of I,Saul.

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Nov 25 2013

This Is My Bible

This weekend I preached from John 15:1-17 about the secret to a joyful life, which Jesus makes clear begins with abiding in Him. I challenged our church family to make a plan to spend time in His life-giving Word every dayRead More


Nov 21 2013

When Men #ActLikeMen

Everywhere you look, men are in trouble—falling to superficiality, entertainment lifestyles, sensuality, secularism, lives lived apart from God, reaping for themselves and their families the harvest of what they have sown.

Someone needs to throw men a life line. Men are are sinking, and only Jesus Christ can save them. Christ Himself must invade the territory of men’s hearts and rule without rival or equal.

Almost 20 years ago I chose the subject of men and their sin as my doctoral thesis. I was seeking answers for myself and the men I loved and led at the time. Read More