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 […]

7 Things I’ve Learned About Raising A Son

In honor of my first born son’s 7th birthday today, I thought it would be good to write down the 7 most significant lessons I’ve learned during the past 7 years. 1. The early years are by far the hardest. Most of the feelings of despair, inadequacy, and failure as a father happen during the […]

10 Ways to Know Your Church is all About Jesus

1. His name is said a lot whenever the church is gathered. If the pastor or the people aren’t saying the name “Jesus” early and often when there is any sort of gathering, all signs point to His lack of importance. 2. He is always celebrated. If your church isn’t always celebrating who Jesus is […]

Two Kingdoms, One King

Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching from Acts 8:9-25. What jumps out of that passage is the idea of two kingdoms: The kingdom of man and the kingdom of God. And they are most definitely at odds with one another (aka they don’t coexist, my friends). A man named Simon is saying he “is […]

Heirs in the Grace of Life

1 Peter 3:7 says that men and women who have entered into the marriage covenant together are “heirs in the grace of life”. There is no doubt that this is the season for weddings. At the church I pastor, we have had many of them recently, including the past 3 weeks (and more to come). […]

5 Thoughts on Forgiveness

Have you been wronged? Are you struggling to forgive? Are you afraid to ask for forgiveness? These 5 thoughts on forgiveness may help you. 1. Lower your expectations. Because of our sin and the sin of others, hurt is inevitable. So don’t be shocked the next time you are wronged. Jesus said He would be […]

Resurrection Day Reflections

– Yesterday was an incredible day celebrating Jesus and His resurrection. – Jesus poured His grace over His church in some incredible ways. – The verse that always grabs me in regard to the resurrection is Romans 4:25 “who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification”. I was honored to preach […]

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, […]

God Can’t Be (And Won’t Be) Stopped

Yesterday, I preached through Acts 5 and a very clear picture was painted for me regarding God’s decretive will (that will of God by which God sovereignly brings to pass whatever He desires). As Peter and John are being threatened with death because of their continuous preaching at the temple and their lack of obedience […]