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Who’s Your One? (2019 Evangelism Challenge)

Jesus found Philip and said to him, “Follow me…” Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth.” – John 1:43, 45 (ESV) JD Greear, current president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has issued an evangelism challenge in which… Continue reading Who’s Your One? (2019 Evangelism Challenge)

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Ecclesiastes: Meaningless//Meaningful (new sermon series)

Ecclesiastes is probably my favorite book in the Old Testament. It's a book that I love to turn to when life hits its speed bumps. It's also a book that I have wanted to preach through for a while, but in sermon planning just never felt the time was right... until now. Yesterday we wrapped… Continue reading Ecclesiastes: Meaningless//Meaningful (new sermon series)

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Christmas as Spiritual Warfare (pastor’s blog)

Note, this post first appeared on December 4, 2014 at Maybe it’s burnout from too many baby-in-a-manger scenes, but when it comes to the Christmas story I tend to be drawn to passages of scripture outside of ordinary thought when we think about Jesus coming to earth. In recent years, one of my favorite… Continue reading Christmas as Spiritual Warfare (pastor’s blog)

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Obey King Jesus, Honor Everyone (a pastor’s thoughts on the same-sex marriage ruling)

This morning news broke that is not surprising when given the direction our culture in the United States combined with previous Supreme Court rulings: same-sex marriage is now a right that must be legally recognized in every state. Here are some opening truths for us to remember: Jesus is still King, God is not surprised… Continue reading Obey King Jesus, Honor Everyone (a pastor’s thoughts on the same-sex marriage ruling)

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It Started with Pizza (thoughts on discipleship and upcoming discipleship conference)

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… ~ Jesus, Matthew 28:19 It started with pizza. As a junior in college I had just moved into my new dorm at my new school, the University of Oklahoma. In the hall, I talked with my new dorm mates when all of a sudden another guy approached… Continue reading It Started with Pizza (thoughts on discipleship and upcoming discipleship conference)

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A Prayer for Memorial Day (pastor’s blog)

Beyond the grilling and trips to the lake, Memorial Day is a holiday set aside to remember fallen soldiers—those men and women who have lost their lives in various battles. For centuries, good Jesus-loving Christians have debated the Christian’s position on war and whether or not one should serve in the military, days like this… Continue reading A Prayer for Memorial Day (pastor’s blog)

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Saying ‘Yes’ in a World of ‘No’ (pastor’s blog)

Recently my town decided to graffiti its own Main Street sidewalks with the message: no bicycles or skateboards. I’m sure the intention is safety. People walk in and out of the shops and storefronts, and you don’t want anyone young or old to be taken out by a person on a bicycle. But it made… Continue reading Saying ‘Yes’ in a World of ‘No’ (pastor’s blog)

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A ‘Culture of Grace’ (pastor’s blog)

I was reading an article recently detailing the fall of a megachurch pastor. In the midst of it, the author made the point not to ascribe one man’s sins to the group. In other words, big church doesn’t equal big ego. The author pointed out another megachurch pastored by a man of humility and grace.… Continue reading A ‘Culture of Grace’ (pastor’s blog)

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Don’t Settle for Silver (pastor’s blog)

Now the country that we came from, They play silver melodies, And the kings and queens would write their dreams, On silver pages we would read. ... We were taken through the shadows, Were we carried through the night, When the sun appeared, My God my fears of silver melted in the light, And we… Continue reading Don’t Settle for Silver (pastor’s blog)

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Pray for the persecuted and the persecutors

4And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" 5And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. ~ Acts 9:4-5 With this week’s news of ISIS beheading 21 Coptic Christians**, we find another example of brutality… Continue reading Pray for the persecuted and the persecutors