I am beginning a series of posts based upon an email exchange with my friend who is also a pastor in Northern Kentucky, Jordan Jones. He oversees the youth ministry of his church, while I primarily oversee the Community Groups at mine. To see where God is at work in our churches and lives, we … Continue reading A Ministry Discussion with Jordan Jones, Pt. 1
Christ is the Good Shepherd. As the Good Shepherd, He is first and foremost our sacrificial Savior (John 10:11). But Christ is also an example to follow in learning how to care for God’s people. It is not surprising that pastors are commanded to “shepherd” God’s people, who are also liken to a “flock” of … Continue reading Learning to Shepherd From the Good Shepherd
Heaven Is For Real should be considered a work of fiction. I know, I know. I'm a kill joy. It's just a book, not a theology book. But here's the problem with it: God has already told us everything we need to know about heaven in His word, the Bible. We shouldn't be prying back the … Continue reading For Real?
Typical book reviews have their place. Author bio, summary, critical interaction. Cool. Got it. But I like to see how books “work”: how can the ideas, arguments, and concepts of the book be applied to real life. This is especially true for me when I consider theological works. Does it have a tangible effect on … Continue reading Rhythms of Grace– A (Sort of) Review
It often doesn’t feel like God is a just Judge, right? I mean, it often looks like the wicked triumph. It looks like evil gets its way. The prosperity of the wicked is exactly the issue that the author of Psalm 73 is grappling with. His faith is shaken: “But as for me, my feet came … Continue reading The Delay of God’s Justice (Psalm 73)
Although Mark 3:7-19 may be easy to glide over because it contains healing stories which are prevalent in Mark’s gospel as well as a list of names, it is loaded with richness and applicability for the church today. Mark 3:7-19  Jesus withdrew to the sea with His disciples; and a great multitude from Galilee followed; and also from … Continue reading Aligning Ourselves With God’s Mission (Mark 3:7-19)
Were old covenant believers indwelt by the Holy Spirit? No. They did not need to be. God dwelt in the temple. He was thereby with them. How did old covenant believers become and remain faithful? They became faithful by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, which in the OT is described more as ‘circumcision … Continue reading Were Old Covenant Believers Indwelt by the Holy Spirit?