Authority: Sacred Direction of a Diverse Body

If you take a look around most Baptist churches, and ask who is in charge, I would be willing to bet that most people would point you to the Senior Pastor. Baptist churches with elders or a particularly powerful Executive Pastor might give you some direction toward those figures. Perhaps you would get pointed towards an influential member or a …

Book Review: One Nation Under God

This weekend I finished Kevin Kruse’s book One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America. Being a student of faith and eventually wanting to become a student of business, this book had particular importance to me. Kruse presents a lengthy, detailed history of about 100 or so years of American political, religious, and business life in his work, …

Tough Sayings: I didn’t come to Bring Peace

×This Post is Part of a SeriesFor the next little bit we'll be looking at some of the difficult things Jesus said. I’m using a curriculum to guide this discussion, but if you have additional sayings of Jesus to cover, I’d love to do them. Just comment about it!Luke 12:49-53 49I came to cast fire on the earth, and would ...

Tough Sayings: Blasphemy

×This Post is Part of a SeriesFor the next few months we’re looking at some of the difficult things Jesus said. I’m using a curriculum to guide this discussion, but if you have additional sayings of Jesus to cover, I’d love to do them. Just comment about it!Matthew 12:22-37 22Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought ...

Tough Sayings: You People are Dogs

×This Post is Part of a SeriesFor the next few months we're looking at some of the difficult things Jesus said. I'm using a curriculum to guide this discussion, but if you have additional sayings of Jesus to cover, I'd love to do them. Just comment about it!Matthew 15:21-28 21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of ...

Tough Sayings: Sell all you have?

×This post is part of a series.For the next few months we're looking at some of the difficult things Jesus said. I'm using a curriculum to guide this discussion, but if you have additional sayings of Jesus to cover, I'd love to do them. Just comment about it!Mark 10:17-21 17And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ...

What is Jesus Saying?

As much as we would like to say that we understand the way of Jesus, there are those passages we just don’t know how to deal with. For example, we have pretty well explored the implications of the Wonderful Counselor’s “lost coin” parable, but I doubt seriously that any of us have heard more than one sermon about the time …

Fight to Follow. Fight to Love.

This post was originally published on my old South Plains site on September 2, 2015   The song resonating with me most in this season is Hillsong United’s Love is War. This is off of the same album as Oceans, so that huge single probably outshined this song, but take a second to listen to it again. Love is War …

New Year, New Opportunities. New. Things.

Well hey there! It’s been a summer. Annnnnnd, I kind of didn’t blog much about it. Sorry. Suffice it to say this: Summer was actually pretty dang restful. I got to do some cool things (time with friends, time in B/CS, weddings, Carlsbad Caverns. It was cool. I took my youth to camp. A fantastic experience. Every second of it. …