The Key to Successful Ministry

Sometime after I graduated High School, but before I went to college I was fervently trying to decide what I was going to do with my life. As the...
June 19, 2015
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    3 Expert Dad Tips for the Practical Man

    This week I thought that I would share some of my expert tips on that all important station in life, fatherhood. There are plenty of blogs out there that will tell you how to be a better dad by doing things like hugging your kids more and using positive...
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    Two Train Journeys

    Over my recent inter-conference travels, I had a few encounters on the train which reminded me of the following quote from my doctoral supervisor: The man next to you on the London-to-Edinburgh train going north, wired up to his laptop and his mobile simultaneously: issuing instructions about hiring, firing, sidelining,...
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    Jesus the Seeker

    I was six years old. It was “fellowship time” at church after the morning service before Sunday school. The kids congregated out on the lawn with a somewhat flat and worn rubber ball for the weekly game of kickball. I was never particularly fond of games, but my older...
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    Preaching, Backgrounds, and The Adulterous Woman

    In my experience in church, I have heard a fair share of sermons. I enjoy the thrill of thinking about, taking note of, and discussing the different sermons I hear, including the differing styles of interpretation, exhortation, conviction, articulation, exegesis, and more. One element particularly fascinating to me is how different preachers...
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    The Gospel Comes To Us

    I have only been to an Anglican church service a handful of times, but some of the most profound experiences I’ve had in church took place during an Anglican service. The most recent was my experience this past January when I took communion from the common cup for the...
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    How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Group Discussion

    I’ve had the privilege of being part of several group discussions lately in several different situations. Some of these discussions were fruitful and led in a positive direction. Others were excellently hampered by certain individual’s conscious efforts to be a proverbial “spanner in the works” (as they say on...
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    Transience.

    Here is no water but only rock Rock and no water and the sandy road The road winding above among the mountains Which are mountains of rock without water If there were water we should stop and drink Amongst the rock one cannot stop or think Sweat is dry...
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    Dancing to “Shake it Off” and Other Confessions

    Last Friday, I had the awesome opportunity to speak in Biola’s undergraduate chapel about my thesis on shame and how it affects our relationships with God and others. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share about what I’ve learned about shame and grace, and also my own struggle...
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    Taking Every Thought Prisoner and Making it Obey the Messiah

    Apologetics is often understood as a list of facts and arguments that Christians need to memorize if they don’t want to get intellectually slaughtered by the nearest angry atheist who says, “Jesus didn’t exist” or, “Why would a good God allow evil?” Ironically enough, many (if not most) books...
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