Preaching Dad’s Funeral

This past Saturday, I was tasked with preaching a funeral. Not my first, third actually. The first was for friends whose infant died suddenly. The second was for the grandfather of a good friend. But this one was the hardest by far. This one was the funeral of my Dad. When he was diagnosed with stage […]

Godly vs. Worldly Grief (pt. 1)

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has […]

Defining Success in Ministry

I will never be: the most popular, considered cool. I may never be: a prolific speaker, a dynamic leader, a published author, considered “successful”. I may never have: a huge church, an impact beyond my local context … and I’m ok with that. WHY? Because I understand (at least in part) the one thing I […]

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Web Slinging 9.15.14

Here’s what I’ve been reading as I swung around the web: Owen Strachan had a great post over on CBMW blog on what Christlike male headship looks like practically. Here’s a quote, “Few words are more invested with meaning than the term “headship.” It’s a Christological and theological term that is grounded in Ephesians 5:23, […]

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Tweets of the Week 9.9.14

Here are the tweets from last week that caught my attention: J.A. Medders @mrmedders If the real gospel has become real to us, we will be really different people. Owen Strachan @ostrachan No pastor can meet with everybody. We can focus less on numerical growth and more on gospel growth, though. People crave discipleship. Ray Ortlund @rayortlund Total […]

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Best Quotes from Show Them Jesus by Klumpenhower

There was a flurry of books I’ve finished in the last week, this is another one. Show Them Jesus is an excellent resource for parents and Children’s Ministry leaders alike. I HIGHLY recommend it, and here’s why: “… we must faithfully show kids, at every opportunity, how Jesus is that much better. We must also believe […]

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Best Quotes from Transformational Discipleship by Geiger/Kelly/Nation

I finished reading Transformational Discipleship by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelly, and Philip Nation last week. It’s a excellent read, really helpful for those of us who are more interested in people being transformed rather than just informed. Here are a few of my favorite quotes: “… everyone everywhere is a disciple of someone. Or something.” (pg. 7) […]

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Web Slinging 9.4.14

Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading as I’ve swung around the web the last 2 weeks: Jeff Medders had a post on his blog reminding men it’s ok to be gentle. He writes, “A man that is gentle, is one that has been smashed by the gospel.” As a husband, dad, and pastor […]

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Best Quotes From Proof by Montgomery / Jones

Confession : I guilted my friend, Jared Kennedy, into snagging me a free copy of the book  Proof  by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones. Not only did did Jared come through for me, it was signed and had a personalized note from Daniel. Thanks Jared, for being such a good friend to a such […]

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Community Group Multiplication (pt. 3) – When to do It

Now that the necessity for community group multiplication has been discussed as well the “how-to’s”, the only question left is when to actually multiply. There are at least 3 factors that go into this decision. 1. When there is need What do I mean by “need”? I mean the current group isn’t functioning well which […]

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Tweets of the Week 9.2.14

Here are the tweets of the week that caught my attention: Joe Thorn @joethorn  The gospel gifts we receive from God fit us for heaven above and affliction below. Rob Turner @RedeemedRob Being a disciple of Jesus is not a special kind of Christian, it is the only kind of Christian #discipleship Heidi M. Hensley @heidimhensley True leaders […]

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Best Quotes From Recovering Redemption By Chandler / Snetzer

I recently finished reading Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer. I picked up this book at T4G in the spring (… yes, I “recently finished” it, don’t judge me!) Here are some of my favorite quotes: “You are pretty sure that being a Christian was supposed to change you – and it has. Some. […]

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Community Group Multiplication (pt. 2) – How to do It

The reality of ministry within a community group concept is that it is necessary for healthy growth for groups to multiply. New people will need to feel like they belong, and everyone will need to feel they have the opportunity to share. That doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be hard and that some people […]

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