Life from Death

I've always been a fan of Matt Maher's "Christ is Risen." As we sang it at my church recently the painting you see above came to my mind. I purchased this piece from an artist on the west coast named Chase Tafoya. I've been impressed with his work for a few years now, so when I was presented with an opportunity to buy an original piece from him I went for it. Maher’s song is taken from 1 Corinthians 15:55 which asks, “O death,...

4 Ideas for Famil...

Being the church implies discipleship. It’s important to disciple believers as individuals but also in their roles and relationships in family life. With the pressures on the family today, the church has solutions that can equip family members to embrace the gospel in their homes and rely on God’s grace in practical ways.  Churches that develop a discipleship mentality that equips parents, do it in four areas. This isn’t about...

Does Youth Minist...

“When are you going to be a real pastor?” This is a question I’ve gotten many times after filling the pulpit for my senior pastor, or after a particularly full week of working alongside volunteers who are not involved with the youth ministry.  It’s a heartbreaking question for me, not because I’m prideful, but because so many people in the church do not understand just how vital youth ministry is to the church. The reality is ...

For the Card-carr...

Recently I came across an episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast series from Desiring God on the topic of New Calvinism. As a fan of John Piper and student of Calvinism and soteriology, I tuned into see what Piper had to say. As I listened I was disappointed and somewhat confused. I want to share some of my reactions here but before I do I want to clarify a few things: First, I have a ton of respect for John Piper. He wrote at...

April Showers: A ...

April is the time of year that new life can be seen almost everywhere one looks.  What I really wanted to share though is how for the past couple years April has brought tears and tragedy to my family and myself. The events that have taken place over the past two years have had an enormous impact on my life. I know I am not the only person who has had to endure some of these trials, and for that reason, I want to be able to sh...

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