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No Shame

I spend most of my waking hours alone in the truck I drive for work. I am naturally an introvert, so I don’t struggle being alone for so many hours, although it is nice to be around other people when I can. The problem is that I am also an analytic. Those close to me(…)

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Uganda 2011 – Update #3

I have intentionally delayed a few days to post my final update from this year’s Uganda trip, because I wanted to have some time to process it all. For the second week of the trip, we spent all of our time at King’s Primary School in Bunambutye near Mbale and Mt. Elgon. It is one(…)

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Uganda 2011 – Update #2

The team made it safely to Tororo Thursday evening and on Friday the team split up to work on various projects. The men went to the town park and met in the youth center with about 100 men from the area. We spent the morning preaching on the theme, “Not Ashamed of the Gospel,” covering(…)

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Uganda 2011 – Update #1

It has been a busy few days for us here in Uganda. The trip took it’s toll on many of the team members, and some are barely recovering from 2-3 days of travel. Among the team already we have had some sleeplessness, headaches, reactions to medicines, weariness, nausea and vomiting, but through it all, the(…)

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Studying Theology

For the last few weeks I have spent massive amounts of time studying eschatology or the doctrines of end times. When I say massive amounts, I mean so much time that it has gotten in the way of me doing things I needed to be doing (like writing on this blog, for instance). Now, having(…)

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Biblical Instructions for a National Revival

We need revival in America. I know most of you agree with that statement, but what do we do to make it happen? As I look around America today it seems that the answers given by most churches, and even by the most prominent leaders in Christianity, can be varied greatly. For some the answer is that we believers must(…)

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Ministry Update – June 2011

Well, June is here and 2011 is almost half way over with. This year has brought some exciting changes into my life, and has recently developed some official plans for the future. As a lot of you know, during my trip to Uganda last year I was offered a missionary position with the Heart of(…)

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Admiring the Decor

Let’s imagine, for a moment, that a mutual friend of ours just invited you and I over to their home to celebrate the birth of a new born baby boy. You and I walk into their home and are quickly escorted down the hallway to the nursery to see the child, but upon entering the(…)

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Spending Time with Dad

As I look back on all my years growing up, one of the things that bothers me is the fact that me and my dad were never very close. He was busy, I was busy, and I think it was that fact combined with some personality differences that we just tended to live in different(…)

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Battling Busyness

I hate the word “busy.” For the last few weeks, and not getting any better in the near future, things have been pretty crazy. My shifts at work have been pushing 12.5 hours regularly. I have been doing some various fundraising for my trip to Uganda this summer. The work for church is, of course,(…)

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Jesus: Comrade in Battle

Can I confess something? Sometimes I struggle with sin… There weren’t as many gasps as I expected there to be, so I guess that means most of you know me. But that isn’t the confession I want to make. My confession is that there are many times I struggle with sin or with various temptations,(…)

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Doers of the Word Righteousness

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was(…)

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Shameless Fundraising

Well today is St. Patrick’s Day, and I really wanted to blog about who he was, how he was sold into slavery in Ireland as a young man, escaped back home, studied for ministry, and later became the first Christian missionary to the Irish. But honestly, there are so many blogs and websites honoring him(…)

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Worship is War

A phrase that I have come to love, and that is becoming a common expression of mine is “Worship is War.” This post isn’t going to be as informative as it will be personal, but I hope it is encouraging nonetheless. Right now I am at a season in life where a lot of things(…)

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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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Naaman and the Idols of Our Hearts

As our church is going through changes in pastoral staff, I had the opportunity to teach the youth group this week. In teaching on Naaman in the Old Testament, I found a few characters in the story that many of us can relate to, and thought it would be valuable to share. The story of(…)

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God’s Business?

I keep a moleskin notebook in my back pocket and find myself jotting down different thoughts, cool ideas, or little to-do lists for myself as a way of freeing up brain space for other stuff. Last week I wrote down the thought I want to share this week but I haven’t been able to stop(…)

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Speaking in Tongues FAQ

Because of my Baptist heritage, many people are confused when they discover that I both believe in and practice the charismatic or sensational gifts of the Holy Spirit (i.e. prophecy, healing, tongues, casting out of demons, etc.). Because these things are seldom practiced or taught about, even in Baptist churches that profess a belief in(…)

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Finding Resolve part 2

Well, as you may have noticed, I missed blogging at all in January. The irony of which is that in my last post I said that one of my new year’s resolutions was to post a blog weekly through 2011. I figured a good jumping in point now would be to revisit my resolutions and(…)

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