Glory Mongers

“Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.” – Acts 12:23 This is the fate that Herod suffered, upon delivering an oration in Acts 12 that led people to exclaim “The voice of a God, and […]

Thoughts About Baptism As An Act Of Obedience

There is a lot said about obedience in Scripture. Paul begins his letter to the Roman church with obedience on his mind (“…to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations…” Rom 1:5). Preceding this statement is the qualifier in v3-4 (“Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom […]

5 Proofs That You Could Be a Functional Racist

Yesterday I preached from Acts 10:1-33 at Aletheia Church. This is the part of Acts where a non-Jew takes center stage and we see cultural and ethnic barriers shattered by the power of the gospel. Peter’s racism (whether it is intentional or unintentional, it’s racism) comes out in full force, especially in v14 where He […]

Help Needed / Help Given

Today is an encouraging day for me. Most of my days in ministry are spent shepherding a needy flock. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do but my job is hard. I don’t think a motto exists that says “You can only love what you do if what you do is easy!”. Nah, […]

A “flood” of emotions

Not so surprisingly, on a day when I was prepared to preach on how prayer should be central in moments of uncertainty, and how it can bolster confidence, and how before any action needs to take place, prayer should take place; and on a day that we were ushering in “40 Days Of Prayer”, God […]

40 Days Of Prayer

One of our hopes at Aletheia Church (Tampa) for 2014 is that we would become a church marked by prayer. Meaning, even more important than being a “doing church”, we are a praying church. This Sunday I will preach a sermon on Acts 1:12-26 called “Living out the Mission of Jesus Through Prayer”. It is […]

5 Pastoral Leadership Disciplines

Jesus has designed the church to function a certain way. Even though He doesn’t need men to lead His church, He chooses to appoint godly men to do so. On Sunday, we had the blessing of being able to appoint another pastor at Aletheia. What a celebration it was (Check out an instagram photo here). […]

Blog Series: “Vision 2013” Post #1

2013 has come like a lion. According to the Mayans, we were never supposed to see it. Good thing Jesus is in charge and is calling the shots. Two Sundays ago I had the privilege of preaching on Revelation 21. In the early part of the chapter, three themes pop out.  Jesus is (1.) the […]

Reason Behind My Latest Preaching Series

          Over the past 6 weeks, I have been preaching through a series called “The Grand Narrative” at Aletheia Church. The series focuses on the story of Scripture and how all of Scripture points to Jesus, starting with creation all the way through to the church age and beyond. I must […]

6 Helpful Hints When Developing a Mission Statement

I have been a church planter now for over a decade and one thing that I’ve learned through it all is that if you don’t have a clear-cut vision/mission (or whatever you want to call it) statement, you will end up having sort of an identity crisis as a church. We faced this in Tampa […]