6 Essentials for Proclaiming the Gospel

I have read dozens of books on evangelism. I have sat in conferences and seminary level courses on how to share my faith. I have equipped churchgoers with tools to present the good news to neighbors, strangers, and foreigners. On paper, I have a lot of knowledge and experience sharing the gospel, but in reality…

Is the book of Acts descriptive or prescriptive?

Acts tells the story of how His church began and how the message Christ spread. Christians who read the book of Acts are inspired by the explosive expansion of the early church. Thousands of people were coming to Christ, people were being miraculously healed, supernatural gifts like speaking in tongues were heard, and believers preached…

thumb licks [12.3.11]

Beholding the beauty of Christ in Wal-Mart What Tim Tebow can’t do? Some want to make him super man, but he’s not. The Devil’s playbook. And how he aims to defeat you. Lessons for the church from Joe Paterno. Listen up young and old. How to be better prepared for your next major presentation. Are…

thumb licks [9.25.11]

Baptizing Heathen Words. What words have Christians redefined? How to Get the Most Out of Your Pastor’s Preaching. 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters. As a new father for a daughter these perked my attention. Acts and Baptism: Implications for Parents. Before baptizing your children consider this. Four Steps to Kill Sin. Sinclair Ferguson tackles…

why I love my church

This is the first day I step off the pastoral staff of Battle Ground Bible Church, but it is also the first day I step onto your mission outreach team. Although the role of my family will change within BGBC, we will still be an outreach arm linked to this church in North Africa. For…

study the Bible like a scribe

This week I have been trying out a new way of spending time with God in His word. It is a study process that I have often done while studying a passage to teach or preach, but it is also quite devotional. I would encourage all followers of Christ and lovers of the Scripture to…

the great disconnect

When Sunday comes around it is good to be ready to hear the Word of God so it can be maximized in your life. The Great Disconnect is a sermon preached by our Pastor Kenny on how to listen with more than your ears to the Sunday sermon. You can download the manuscript here: the…

thumb lick thursday [5.5.11]

What if I have a conflict with my spouse Sunday morning before church? I wish I could answer this from a hypothetical perspective.  I cannot.  In fact, I have fresh experience from which to write this post. There are significant implications for the pastor and his wife who have a conflict that goes unresolved leading into the Sunday…

Jesus and the Gospel in the Old Testament

Are you a Sunday School teacher or lead an ABF, Bible Study or small group? Do you pastor or preach from a church pulpit? Do you enjoy leading devotions for your family and children from the Bible? Do you simply love studying the Scripture? Part of our duty when teaching, preaching or studying is to…

thumb lick thursday [4.28.11]

Shifting Religious Identities A new study shows American’s shifting spiritual choices, including rising numbers of people with no religion, within a generation. The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself Preaching to ourselves is the personal act of applying the law and the gospel to our own lives with the aim of experiencing the transforming grace of…

thumb lick thursday [4.7.11]

5 Ways to Make Your Kids Hate Church If you are a parent you have huge influence on whether or not your kids fall in love with Christ’s Church. Thomas Weaver give 5 very real ways parents can cultivate a hateful attitude in their children’s heart towards the church. My Christian Commitment “I’m part of…

why Sunday Sermons are necessary but not sufficient

The statement is not: why the Word of God is necessary but not sufficient nor why Jesus Christ is necessary but not sufficient? That would be heretical and not in-line with the biblical text.  The Bible is clear; Jesus and the Bible are sufficient in themselves. Jesus is the sufficient Savior.[1] And the Bible is…

thumb lick thursday [3.2.11]

Jesus’ obedience is mine Why should I obey God? Jesus did. How can I obey when life is difficult? Follow the example of Jesus. Check out this thoroughly biblical theology of obedience in the life of Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. You will look at obedience differently. The Pastor as Theologian Every pastor is called…

when church becomes stale

Have you ever bought a bag of potato chips that you just did not enjoy, but felt obligated to eat them? So you munch on small portions of the chips for weeks with a bad attitude until they become stale enough you do not feel guilt for throwing them away. Has your attitude towards your…