The Little Gem in Acts 2:38-39 I Missed All These Years

Ask anyone who grew up in the Church of Christ to recite a verse from memory and chances decent they will quote Acts 2:38. “38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the HolyContinue Reading

Normative vs Necessary

We are no longer meeting on Sunday. Is that okay? If it is okay then what keeps us from deciding to keep doing it this way forever? The answer is the difference between normative and necessary. What is normative when it comes to the assembly? Assembling. What is necessary right now? Find ways to doContinue Reading

Did God Send COVID19 to Punish Us?

I have heard this on social media more times than I would like to say. While I don’t claim to know the mind of God and while God hasn’t asked me to speak on this for Him we can examine how the world works from a biblical perspective. We need to look at Genesis 3Continue Reading

If You Are Interested In Making Disciples, Join Me On Thursday. Here’s How…

There is an online event this Thursday from 10am-3:30pm central with Renew.org called “Upholding the Teachings of Jesus Today”. There will be several sessions throughout the day (all through Zoom) that will help us learn how to better make disciples in these challenging times. Each class will consist of a 20 minute lecture followed byContinue Reading

Resurrection: The Crucifixion is Meaningless Without It

So much of our teaching focuses on the death of Jesus because we have often been more caught up on the “spiritual” problem (sin) rather than the physical problem (death and decay/corruption). However, without the resurrection…the crucifixion is meaningless. Many people ended up on Roman crosses claiming to be the Christ/Messiah. But only one ofContinue Reading

Easter in Pandemic

I am more hopeful about the church coming out of pandemic than I was going into it. Maybe you are too. God always brings life from death. Jesus once said that “unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. AnyoneContinue Reading

God is Shaping the Church for the Next 50 Years

We are undergoing tectonic shifts in what church is all about. If church was about Sunday, then church is no more until Sunday gatherings come back. But we know that isn’t the case and the very fact that we are seeing what church is truly all about means that church can’t and won’t be theContinue Reading

A Co-Dependent’s Guide: The Difference Between Worry and Concern

The word for worry or anxiety in the New Testament has two main meanings: worry/anxiety or concern. There is a fine line between the two. If you struggle with enmeshing your feelings with the feelings of others it can be hard to tell when your concern for others turns into unhealthy worry. Usually that worryContinue Reading

“Identify The Adaptive Challenge”

In Ronald Heifetz’s landmark book on leadership he emphasizes the need to recognize that our challenges are changing and that as leaders we have to be able to put our finger on the current challenge. I am going to speak very generally for a moment. If the challenge pre-COVID19 was keeping Sunday morning rolling alongContinue Reading

Is Fear Faithful?

Can you have faith and fear at the same time? Are they compatible on any level or are they mutually exclusive? If you turn to the Psalms you find over half of them are lament. They express sorrow. They express anger. They express fear and concern. They also express faith. It seems to me thatContinue Reading

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