The key to a good joke is an unexpected wry twist at the very last moment. You don’t give the punchline at the beginning or middle of a joke. No, a good joke-teller weaves together a seemingly pointless and at times oddly disparate story (a la “A priest, a minister, and a rabbi walk into a… More The Old Testament Is a Huge Joke
Do you know what happens when you breed two animals, then you breed their offspring, and you continue to breed within the family tree? The lack of crossbreeding causes major problems. Genetic defects that were once minor recessive traits become exaggerated. A line that began with two normal animals becomes offspring with mutations, defects, and… More How Do We Avoid Being A Theological Inbred?
Divine election–that’s something the Apostle Paul made up to distort the beautiful message of the Gospel and turn it into some ugly favoritism, right? The book of Genesis is foundational in so many ways for the Christian worldview. It is truly a book of beginnings–the beginning of creation, mankind, marriage, sin, murder, musical instruments, war,… More A Look at Genesis: Did Moses Believe In Divine Election?
How do you avoid quick pastoral turnover? None of us go into our first pastorate hoping to be forced to leave after a year or two. What can you do to give yourself the best shot at success in your first pastorate? It’s only by God’s grace that we are able to persevere in any… More Six Quick Ways To Ruin Your First Pastorate
The Caitlyn Jenner maelstrom has taught us one thing in particular. Our culture has one thing right that many churches have wrong. The culture at large prizes personal testimony, while many of our churches do not. We live in an age where personal experience is king. Authenticity means being true to yourself–your feelings, experiences, and beliefs.… More Brothers, We Are Rejecting Personal Experiences
How do you know for sure that you are supposed to be a church planter? I’m pretty sure most of us have never woken from deep sleep to find “Thou Shalt Planteth Mine Church” scrawled by the finger of God in the ceiling above. Generally, I would guess the Holy Spirit has stirred a desire… More Are You Sure You’re Called to Church Planting?