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Vaccines: The Gospel Imperative to End the Silence

By |2019-09-30T11:38:32-05:00September 24th, 2019|Blog|   Download the PDF here. Transcription: Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead expose them. (Ephesians 5:11) And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just. (Romans 3:8) “Who can make the clean out of the unclean? No one! (Job 14:4) PRAYER // Our Father and Most Gracious God: We come now to hear the ethics of your law-word and pray that our understanding would be Spirit-saturated, biblically informed, and Christ exalting. We pray that [...]

The Greatness of the Great Commission and Our Self-Induced Incompetence Through the Means of Ecclesiastical Authoritarianism

By |2019-09-03T15:43:06-05:00September 3rd, 2019|Blog|

This message was given on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Christian Word Center International in Lusaka, Zambia. I have come to encourage you, no doubt, but I have also come to challenge you. Gold is not purified without some level of heat, and your sanctification isn’t going to happen without a little bit of pressure. We tend to learn the most in the furnace of affliction, so I intend on placing you all in the fiery furnace of examination for just a little while in order to help all of us grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [...]

The Gospel and the Ethical Imperative of Abolition

By |2017-02-26T21:05:41-05:00February 26th, 2017|Blog|

We live in a culture of death. A world where little humans are assassinated every single day. We live in a world where pre-born children have their limbs torn from them, and their body parts sold for gain. We live in a world where the most helpless neighbors among us are poisoned and then disposed of. This world we live in allows murder to take place while simultaneously making attempts at redefining what is actually taking place. Abortion is murder, and the butchering continues unabated. We live in a world where little men and women have their skulls crushed on [...]

How to Listen to a Sermon (Part 2)

By |2014-05-13T13:11:51-05:00May 13th, 2014|Blog|

In part 1 of my advice on how to listen to a sermon, I said that listening to a sermon begins on the drive home Sunday afternoon and continues throughout the week. The reality is, the Sunday sermon is a sacred part of our worship, but it is not the only part of our worship. Worship is the act of ascribing value to God because He is infinitely worthy to receive it (Psalm 29:2). That happens in whatever we do that is good, righteous, holy and pure (1 Cor. 10:31; cf. Phil. 4:8-9). You can worship with your work, play, [...]

How to Listen to a Sermon (Part 1)

By |2014-05-07T14:56:55-05:00May 7th, 2014|Blog|

I posted something a couple of weeks ago called, "What I Want from a Sermon." My aim was to get at the heart of what we should want from a sermon. This is difficult because some (it would seem) don't even know why there should be a sermon let alone the what of one. From a personal perspective, I shared a few things (though not exhaustive) about what I'm looking for because it would seem that this is what Scripture wants to achieve with the proclamation of God's Word. Be sure to go back and read that post if you haven't, because that post will [...]

What I Want From a Sermon

By |2014-03-09T16:22:02-05:00March 9th, 2014|Blog|

Disclaimer: I don't mean for the title of this blog post to sound so self-serving. "I want this, I want that, me, me and more me." I'm not coming at it from that angle. I'm coming (hopefully) from the angle of Scripture and what we ought to want from the preaching of God's Word. (Much is done today in the name of preaching and much of it horrendous. But that is not my aim.) I should also mention that this is my approach to delivering sermons, as well as listening to sermons. Though not exhaustive, here are some of things I want from [...]

farming and contexts.

By |2011-10-27T12:56:05-05:00October 27th, 2011|Blog|

Yesterday’s sermon was from Mark 4:1-34, and while a familiar passage to many, still one that should be revisited from time-to-time. The passage at hand is a lengthy discourse given by Jesus to the crowds and to disciples (in private). Some of it is meant to be hidden (secretive), some of it is meant to be made plain to the disciples, and still all of it is subversive Kingdom talk that purposefully invokes a reaction. The parables themselves are a part of the Kingdom initiation project that Jesus has been working on. If he were to speak openly and plainly [...]