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Headed for the Ditch on a Sunny Day

October 03, 2014

Hey, I just came out with my new book, Act Like Men: 40 Studies for Biblical Manhood. I wrote it because men are in trouble, and God has a lot to say about manhood that we need to hear. As of yesterday, it became available in stores, and I hope it will be a challenge …


A Time to Dance

April 21, 2014

So proud of and thankful for the worship leadership from Luke MacDonald, Andi Rozier, Josh Buendorf and the entire Vertical Church Band worship and production teams. Praying for them as they rest up from an incredible victorious weekend!


Vertical Passion Week

April 17, 2014

What distinguishes Passion Week in a vertical church? 1: Passion Week is a week, not a day or a weekend. We give our people special materials and devotionals to work through personally. We give them music to listen to on their way to church. We are a church family and we love to remember and, …


Don’t Miss This . . .

March 28, 2014

There is no more reliable indicator of the success of a child than the involvement of their father. There is no bigger drag on societies than men who refuse to work.


Vertical Evangelism—Believe It!

March 21, 2014

Hey Pastor: Maybe in recent years you’ve fallen prey to the false dichotomy of worship vs. evangelism—the idea that if you really want to reach lost people in your weekend worship, you have to get all topical and catchy and felt-need about everything. Not true.


Short Post—Incredible Person!

March 19, 2014

Proverbs 3:27: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Ok, I won’t!


Get Your Focus Back

January 16, 2014

Hey Pastor: What are you working on today? What are you striving after? Grieving over? Burdened about? Let’s keep our focus: We are not important. We are unprofitable servants on our best days. We have a King—and it is His glory we seek. John 2:11 says, “This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at …


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

December 11, 2013

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 …


This Is My Bible

November 25, 2013

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 day…


When Men #ActLikeMen

November 21, 2013

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 …


Worshipping the Son

May 15, 2013

I am so excited about our worship department and the second live recording this Friday night for Vertical Church Band. They are such a gifted young group of artists—and we are so passionate about our adoration of Jesus Christ.


Practical Help for Preachers: Set Up the Word Before You Need It!

September 13, 2012

One of the things I longed for as a young preacher—and found very tough to find—was practical help with how to actually communicate. I was deeply persuaded about the importance of exposition and the need for application and all the main things, and there was a ton of info on how to interpret and outline …


The Ministry Pattern You Need to Know

September 11, 2012

Every minister of the Gospel that I’ve known who bears fruit has encountered opposition. I have encountered it. And if you’re committed to the unapologetic preaching of the Word of God for the rest of your life, opposition is coming. “Through many tribulations we enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).


I Want the Whole Gospel

September 07, 2012

I want the whole gospel: Every single ounce of truth; give it to me straight just like it is in the Bible.   I want the whole gospel: Don’t dilute the living water—it might not quench my thirsty soul.


15 Cities in Under 150 Seconds

August 28, 2012

The past three weeks have been a whirlwind on the Vertical Church Tour, amazing in so many ways—and we’re not even finished with leg one. So if a picture is worth


The Key Word is Boldness

August 21, 2012

Contrary to popular opinion, God has done more than give us good news He wants to get out. He has given us a manner that must accompany every method and a rationale for that manner.

The single term that best describes the way God wants his gospel given is boldness. And because it’s translated various ways, even faithful students of Scripture might overlook its frequency.


Worship: The Most Powerful Thing We Do

August 09, 2012

When Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21), He was punctuating the absolute centrality of worship as the determinant for every human future. Worship or adoration is the most powerful expression


Is Worship More Than Singing?

August 02, 2012

I often read or hear a servant of Christ insist that worship is “more than singing.” We are frequently told that making a meal for your family or cleaning your car or helping your neighbor are all acts of worship. When these acts are the outgrowth of our love for God


What Only God Can Do

July 31, 2012

You can’t fake glory. You can’t manufacture it, or manipulate it, or manifest it at will. Only God Himself can bring glory into a church, and when He does, communities get shaken and lives get changed, and the fame of Jesus Christ curls continuously upon the shore of human hearts


The Glory of Staying Put

July 26, 2012

When Kathy and I were in seminary in the late eighties, we began to pray, “God, we will go anywhere you want us to go, but if You would allow it, we would like to pastor one church for our ministry.” I had already been a youth pastor at a church of two hundred


An Epic Failure: Ichabod

July 24, 2012

It was Jack Nicholson who famously bellowed to Tom Cruise while playing Colonel Nathan R. Jessup in the courtroom scene of A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth.” I wonder if the screenwriter knew how succinctly he had summarized our culture.


Transcendence

July 12, 2012

Transcendence is the best single word I have found to describe the attributes of God that are only found in Him and what is missing too often from our churches. We are facilitators of transcendence.


The One Thing That Changes Everything

July 10, 2012

A real encounter with the living God changes everything. First it magnifies the Lord, and then it puts me and my ego and my sin and my burdens, that moments ago seemed so big, all in their rightful place.


What Every Heart Longs For. What Every Church Can Be.

July 06, 2012

Church was never meant to be safe. Or comfortable. Or predictable. God isn’t any of those things.


Preaching the Word & a Vertical Response

June 28, 2012

The New Testament knows nothing of an unbaptized convert. Jesus asked us to do two specific things—to remember His sacrifice with the bread and the cup, and to be baptized. I’ve been preaching verse-by-verse through the book of John in a study called Authentic Jesus. A few weeks ago the entire message was dedicated to …


4 Myths Attacking the Church Today

June 22, 2012

Let’s grow in our capacity to discern. Make a note of these four myths attacking the church today. Some you might be aware of, others maybe not at all. They are messages crafted for itching ears that damn the souls of men.


When I Need a Miracle: What to do While I Wait

June 19, 2012

It was a real honor for me to preach for the third time at the Southern Baptist Convention last night in New Orleans. I felt very small, sandwiched between Dr. Jack Graham


What Every Pastor Must Do

June 05, 2012

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word!


2 Problems with Consumer Christians

May 08, 2012

This weekend I preached from John 2:13-22, on Christ’s response to the consumer mindset that had taken over the temple. And nothing is more of an axe to the tree of vertical church—of God church, of glory church—than “consumer church.”


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