They received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. -Acts 17:11 If you were to poll teenagers in your church and ask them who Sabellius was, how many blank stares do you think you’d receive? Would any of them have a working knowledge of who he… Read More Teaching Teens To Swim In The Stream Of Orthodoxy
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” -John 8:7 Maddi Runkles’ story has drawn no shortage of headlines. I relate to it. Like her, I live in Maryland. Like her, I’ve… Read More The Sin Of Pregnancy?
You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” -Matthew 16:23 When we encounter some of Peter’s exchanges in the Gospels he, more often than not, looks foolish. No shortage of preachers and pastors have made him the butt of… Read More Help! I’m Drowning!
by Rick Malm But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. -Galatians 4:4-5 Editor: this post originally appeared here. Bob and Carol were an amazing couple. As a… Read More Growing Up Christian And Rejecting God
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. -Hebrews 4:15 I remember the first community group that my wife and I led. We were newly married and I was in seminary. The… Read More Sins Of Omission
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed –Luke 4:18 In generations past older women trained the younger in how to best prepare for and navigate marriage. This was the way God intended it to be (Titus 2:4). With the… Read More Sexual Stockholm Syndrome
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. -Psalm 127:3 J.D. Greear offers some great insights on pastors leading their families: The most important task we have as pastors is to teach the next generation the gospel. Don’t overlook the first mission field of your family. God has… Read More Leading Your Family In God’s Gardens
Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint –Proverbs 19:18 When it comes to skills I’m pretty aware of my strengths and weaknesses: you need a people person with great social skills? I’m you’re guy. You need me to meet a deadline? I can do it, even under pressure. You want me… Read More The Details of Discipleship: Incredibly Practical Tips for the “Dos” of Ministry
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. -Matthew 5:41 I know this is the sort of title that seems like provocative click bait. It is the type of statement that some emergent church guy would say regarding the exclusivity of Christianity. That’s not what I mean though. I… Read More The Journey Is More Important Than The Destination
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. -1 Corinthians 13:11 Of all the prayer requests I get in ministry one of the most frustrating goes something like this: “would you pray for my boyfriend/girlfriend… Read More Help, I’m In Love With A Non-Believer