Fishing for Men

JD Greear wrote an interestingly titled book, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart. For evangelical Christians, it goes against everything we have been taught to believe. How can you be a witness without asking Jesus into your heart by praying a little prayer and all is well spiritually? Greear is...

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We Are Still Segregating Worship

You probably have heard it said many times: “11:00am on Sunday mornings is the most segregated hour in the entire week!”  The point being: our American church is, for the most part, still very divided across racial barriers.  While I see too much merit in this statement and I terribly...

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Where is your Judea?

As a youth pastor, there are few things more integrated into the fabric of ministry than mission trips.  For whatever reason, the ability to plan these events is required of my position.  I would venture a guess that over 80% of churches currently searching for a “youth person” have leading...

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Through the Eyes of a Child

“Whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:4) It’s always good to have children nearby. They help to give us a daily perspective that resembles the balance that God wants us to experience. Certainly, grownups have a responsibility to do grownup...

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Praying in Rhythm

Those of us who have hung around church life awhile, and attended church prayer meetings know they are often boring. Many depressing gossipy updates take place about people’s physical maladies like Aunt Susie’s sore toe, but when it comes to serious prayer for Susie’s salvation, obedience or spiritual growth, time...

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New Beginnings

Well here we are. The election is over, Christmas is here, and the end of 2016 is fast approaching. It seems like just yesterday we were ushering in the new year and trying to adjust to writing 2016 on everything instead of 2015.  Every new year we adjust to the...

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Good News For All

If you go to Bethlehem today to visit the place reported to be where Jesus Christ was born, you will first have to leave Jerusalem and go through a heavily guarded check-point into Palestinian territory. Just a few miles later, you enter a beautiful basilica called “The Church of the...

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How’s Your Impact?

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a fan of Skillet. Anyone who has come into my office, knows I am a HUGE fan of Skillet. From the time I first heard their music while deejaying at a radio station, I have gone to shows and bought the CDs...

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My Prediction For November 8th

So, I realize making a prediction about tomorrow’s election results so close to the election may be considered cheating. But after tomorrow, the election will mercifully be over (fingers crossed) and making a prediction after the results are in would be almost as ridiculous as the candidates themselves … almost. I’ve...

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Being Christian During This Election Cycle

My first real sense of politics and presidential elections was when I started high school. John F. Kennedy was running against Richard Nixon. The big issue then was Kennedy’s Roman Catholic faith. I kept hearing people say, “We don’t want the Pope running this country.” Kennedy reassured everyone that his...

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