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What is Ash Wednesday? What is Lent?
Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent, “the 40 day period starting on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Saturday, during which Christians prepare their hearts for Easter, and draw near to God through the practices of prayer, fasting, and giving. Growing up and into adulthood I considered Ash Wednesday and Lent as…Read More
Discipleship: Part 2
In the previous blog post, we explored two passages that teach us the nature, context, and application (in two stages) of discipleship. The goal of this second post is to dive deeper into the second application stage. To meet this goal, we will be exploring four areas of a disciple’s lifethat God has designed for…Read More
Discipleship: Part 1
The goal of this post is to introduce you to (or refresh you in) God’s sufficient design for discipleship and to encourage further study and application. To reach this goal, we will examine two passages of Scripture that instruct us about the nature, context, and practice of discipleship. *(To encourage further study, there will be…Read More
Ministry to the Mourning
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, or infertility are commonplace tragedies that affect…Read More
Find His Hand
“A person’s steps are established by the Lord, and he takes pleasure in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord supports him with His hand.” – Psalm 37:23-24 Psalm 37:23 is a difficult one to understand. The Hebrew is just ambiguous enough to mean two different things. It could mean…Read More
Roe v. Wade: The work continues
“So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.” – Genesis 1:27 The overturning of Roe is an historic moment to be celebrated for many reasons, including the vindication of the tireless work of almost 50 years of pro-life activists and the affirmation of the…Read More
“As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word…” Luke 5:1 God’s word. It is the word that comes from God. It is the word that carries the authority of God. It is the word that gives life to creation, forgiveness to sinners, release to prisoners, adoption to orphans, provision to the poor, power to the weak, and…Read More
Substance Abuse: An Interview with Pastor Josh
For an insightful look at dealing with substance abuse and church leadership, read the interview linked below. What If A Church Leader Confesses a Problem with Substance Abuse?Read More
10 Things I Learned in New York City (Part 6)
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. Lord, Your faithful love endures forever; do not abandon the work of Your hands.” – Psalm 138:8 “10 Things I Learned from 10 Days in NYC, Part 6” #8 – Famous New York City hot dogs taste like…regular hot dogs. I’m not even sure why I had the impression that…Read More
10 Things I Learned in New York City (Part 5)
In October 2021 I was fortunate to have a month-long sabbatical. I am grateful for the grace that my church gave to me to allow me this time to step away. Part of that time was spent in New York City as part of the pursuit of my Doctor of Ministry. This sabbatical time allowed…Read More
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