As I stated in the first blog post of this series (located here), we recently took a church bus trip and visited the painted churches of Schulenburg, Texas. These small town, Texas churches are made up of Czech and German Catholic communities who have meeting for over one hundred years. As I was touring these church … Read more What I learned from the Painted Churches Pt.2
Why is baptism so important? That was my question as a new believer in Christ. Like many who were raised in a religious home, I didn’t find a need or desire in my life for baptism. I would often rely on my religious actions before salvation to claim that there was no real need for … Read more Why is Baptism So Important?
It’s Official! I’m a Ph.D. Student! I can’t believe it. I got in. Wow! This has been a journey. As some of you may know, I was not the best or brightest student growing up. I did not have a passion or drive to go to school for any reason. I did not care … Read more It’s Official! – I am Ph.D. Accepted!
Baptism – What We Believe and Why? I was thinking through the ordinance of Baptism the other day and collected a few thoughts that may be helpful. Where is Baptism Found in the Bible? All Over The New Testament Romans 6:4-5 = the Foundation for Baptism (Where Theology Merges with Methodology) What is Baptism? Baptism … Read more A Few Thoughts on Baptism – What We Believe & Why
Because of the recent school shootings, I have had both family and friends come to me with hurt and frustration over this tragedy. Some of them are simply heartbroken over the loss of the event while others are angry that God could let this happen. Because we live in a world full of tragedy and … Read more The Hard Questions – Why would a just God allow tragedy?
If you’re chasing a bold vision, one of the greatest gifts you can give the people around you is to get in front of them, eyeball-to-eyeball, and ask them to step up and do something great for God. Do it well, and you’ll bring glory to God, esteem to the other person, and much-needed resources to your ministry.
-Bill Hybels, Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs
Paul gives some wise advice to the church in Ephesus from his experiences in ministry as he is saying his last goodbye before heading to Jerusalem that all believers can profit from. Read the Scripture below and see how you are imitating Paul’s example in ministry to the Ephesians. Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders Now from Miletus he sent … Read more Wise Advice For Christians & The Church
Why don’t we evangelize? What is the gospel? Who should evangelize? What is evangelism? Why should we evangelize? Mark Dever’s book, The Gospel And Personal Evangelism, seeks to answer all of these basic questions about evangelism for the common Christian. In today’s Christian culture, evangelism has fallen by the wayside in terms of priority … Read more Book Review : The Gospel & Personal Evangelism @9MarksOnline
As I am sure some of you do, I stick with a daily reading plan to direct the times I spend with God during the week. (I also like to use the My Utmost For His Highest devotional. – Link is on the right.) As I go through this I usually like to compile my thoughts … Read more Devotional Wrap Up: A Healthy Respect for God?