So many marriage resources seem to focus on how to deal with the sinner we sleep next to every night. What if the purpose of Christian marriage isn't merely learning how to cope with someone else's sins? What if we began to reorient our focus--choosing to delight in what God delights in? What if delighting … Continue reading Join Me at Dignity & Delight Marriage Conference (April 26-27)
In 1861, J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) contracted a serious illness, forcing him to leave behind a fledging church of 21 believers in Ningpo, China, and return to England in hope of recovery. He had been laboring in the mission field for eight years, pressing beyond the coastal cities into the heart of China. Handing out … Continue reading Hudson Taylor: Heart for the Lost
It's been a busy week! I've got posts up at three different platforms online: 9 Marks, Southern Equip, and Think Christian. Whether a church member, a pastor, or a music aficionado, you'll find something for you. Below you'll find links to articles on rediscovering the "service" in our worship service, the therapeutic nature of expository … Continue reading Articles at 9Marks, Southern Equip, and Think Christian!
(This is the first installment of Missionary Heroes, releasing later this year) In 1775, a young ordained Black preacher crossed the Georgia border into Aiken County, SC, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. On a plantation called Silver Bluff, a small group of slaves gathered regularly to hear the Word preached. It was the first … Continue reading George Liele: The Church As Global Witness
I'm excited to share a new free resource with you! It's a 15 week discipleship class meant to help you your church grow to understand the inner workings of a healthy church body. What does it means to be healthy church members, elders, and deacons? After all, a body is only as healthy as each … Continue reading New Resource! “Healthy Body, Healthy Members” Bible Study
Is it right to care about how many people attend a church worship service? What about those churches that seem so obsessed with metrics and growth statistics that they reduce people to faceless numbers? In a pair of companion articles at Southern Seminary's Southern Equip, I argue both for and against being all about numbers. Curious? … Continue reading Should My Church Be All About Numbers? Y/N
By now, I'm sure many of you have read or at least heard about the expansive report from the Houston Chronicle about systemic abuse among Southern Baptist churches, a report which will continue to unfold in all its wicked, heart-breaking sorrow in parts 2 and 3. This morning, Beth Moore started a thread of women … Continue reading Why Many SBC Churches Are Still Ripe for Abuse