CREATIVE & REDEMPTIVE VISION FOR WORK

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear this word? Some dread work, and some find all their value in their work. Still others are indifferent about their work, ultimately leading to a sense of purposelessness. Personally, I come from a family of workaholics; that mindset has crept into my life over the last several years. If I am not doing something, I feel as if I am worth nothing.

I WILL NOT FORGET YOU

A friend and I recently had a conversation about all Christ has done for us. During our dialogue, I was reminded of an old song from my teenage youth group days. It highlights what he rightly called “the one thing a person can uniquely give God which he does not necessarily already have: his or her ‘yes.’” 

HERETICAL WORSHIP

Webster’s Dictionary defines “Worship” as “extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem.” In Hebrew (Strong's Concordance, H7812), it means to "bow" or to "fall down". Drawing from these two definitions, we see that “Worship” means “to bow down out of extravagant respect, admiration, and devotion to a specific someone or something.”

A DISCIPLE'S TRIBUTE

In the opening chapter of their book Transformational Discipleship (2012), Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley, and Philip Nation highlight the reality that everyone is someone or something else's disciple. In fact, the truth is that "every person who has ever lived is a disciple." The questions are, a disciple of who or what, why, and to what end?

GOOD, GOOD FATHER

We all have a story to tell. More importantly as Christians we all have a story to tell of how in some way God has changed us or comforted us. I believe these are the stories the world needs to hear. I would like to share with you my story of growing up without a father and how knowing God as my father was crucial for my spiritual formation.

IN ONE OF TWO DIRECTIONS

We live in a world of frenzied entertainment and countless choices. Our culture gives us so many varieties of food, movies, books, and activities to fill our lives with; it’s so easy to treat these choices as if they don’t matter, nonchalantly blowing time on a certain video game, conversation topic, or group of friends.

REST, WORSHIP, & THE SABBATH

Questions often arise in the Church pertaining to the nature of the Sabbath. Some people are genuinely trying to enhance their walk with the Lord, while others are seeking justification for not joining or engaging in personal and corporate worship. Three words are important here: rest, remember, and reflect. Before we dive into these, a brief overview of the Sabbath is necessary.

NEVER BOW DOWN

Take me from my home. Drag me with the tether. Tell me it's all wrong. The things I've always known. Instill in me all that you think will make all of us better. Do just what you want. It matters not to me. I will never bow down though I know I will be saved from the fire.I will never compromise all that I have and everything I hold. Call us all around to show us what you have made. Command us all to fall when the music starts to play and everyone from everywhere will show you their allegiance, but the child of God will faithfully stand tall.

LEADING BY THE SPIRIT

Lately, I’ve started reading Richard Baxter’s The Reformed Pastor. Granted, I’m not very far in yet (just finished chapter one), but already, he’s made a very good point. We need to “take heed of ourselves.” Now before I go any further, there are some differences that need to be acknowledged. His intended audience is men in pastoral ministry and the areas in which pastors need to check themselves are many.

CREATIVE THEOLOGY

A guy walks into a Christian bookstore. It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but stay with me. As said-guy finishes his browsing in the theology section, he wanders aimlessly until he comes upon some t-shirts and apparel. He peruses the failed attempts at cleverness amidst the quotes and one-liners that disgrace the many screen tees, but his attention is officially piqued at "Abreadcrumb and Fish” when it induces within him the distinct urge to vomit.

THE DEATH OF THE MORAL MAJORITY

On the closing night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Donald Trump accepted the nomination of the Republican party for President of the United States. This is what most people are focusing on. But something else happened that night that is not getting as much attention, but should be noted: Peter Thiel gave a speech before Trump, and what he said signaled the failed moral footing of the Republican party. I'll come back to that in a moment.

WHY CHARACTER QUALITY EQUALS COMPETENCE

There are certainly hierarchical and governing principals that the Bible gives the Church in order to function properly and effectively (Ephesians 4, 1 Timothy 3, 1 Timothy 5, & Titus 1). However, there seems to be some confusion in the Church as to whether or not all positions are of equal importance in the functionality and fruitfulness of the Church.