Leadership

Leadership: The 3-12-72 Principle

As many who read my blog will know, my church is in the process of hiring a new pastor. We will vote this week as a congregation to decide whether or not our youth pastor, Josh, will take the job. As the associate pastor, I have been in on the interviewing process, and have enjoyed(…)

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Just Do As You’re Told

Last week I posted on here about a revised version of “friendship evangelism.” Now, as I am gearing up to head to Haiti in January and beginning to make my missionary plans beyond that, I have been thinking a lot about some distractions that can oftentimes get in the way of us actually “doing the(…)

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His Mission. Who’s Way?

Last week I posted on the subject of, when God said to “go and make disciples,” it isn’t something we have to pray about. We should just obey. Now, while I do stand firm on that statement, I thought a good follow up would be to discuss things that we, as disciple-making Christians, must continually(…)

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Confession and Community

Last week I preached for Missions Emphasis Month at my church (you can listen to that sermon here). What I want to share this week is something that the Holy Spirit began convicting me about while I was preparing that sermon, to the point that I had to take action. It wasn’t the sermon message(…)

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Identity Crisis

“Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship.” I’m sure you’ve heard that old adage before. What people mean when they quote it is that the only hope for the Christian is not in religious actions or pious discipline, but only in our relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ. This is because after the fall(…)

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Love God and Do As You Please

“Love God and do as you please.” I think that is a great statement. Don’t agree? Well, don’t label me a heretic just yet. That is actually a quote from St. Augustine of Hippo, or rather a modern version of a quote from Him. Augustine’s exact quote within it’s surrounding context is this: “Once for(…)

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Salvation Leads to Salvation

The other day, I started reading the book of Matthew, and as I typically do while reading, I had some thoughts come to mind that I wrote down to come back to and think on later. And it didn’t take long in Matthew for one of these thoughts to come to me. The book of(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 1

Lately I have been spending a lot of time in the book of Acts, just making observations in my journal of the characteristics that marked believers and the things they experienced as they followed the Holy Spirit in this new life. In this post I share my findings from the first half of the book(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 2

Last week we began looking through the book of Acts at the characteristics that marked believers and the things they experienced as they followed the Holy Spirit in this new life, then known as “The Way.” As I have continued in this study in my personal time, it became clear to me that two posts(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 3

For the last couple of weeks I have been sharing my observations of characteristics and experiences had by the Christians in the book of Acts. If you have missed them, be sure to read part 1 and part 2. And then today, to close it out, here is the final section of the book of(…)

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