Followship.

September 11, 2016. This weekend I had the opportunity to plan a men’s retreat with a couple of my good friends from church. We decided on the theme of “Service” or being a servant, and there was a particular lesson that I wanted to teach about serving one another in the church. I will admit…

Ready to die, but not on a cross.

August 14, 2016. “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34) This past week at a bible study that the guys do on Thursday morning, my friend Jacob said something…

Mark 3-4: The social Christ.

March 28, 2015. Daily Reading: Mark 3-4. Background: Mark 1-2. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 1. Antagonists to Christ: We see a couple of different antagonists to Christ in this chapter, one that is expected and another that might not be as obvious. The first is the opposition of the Pharisees, who were just waiting for…

Let’s study through the bible this year, shall we?

January 1, 2015. Well, it’s that time of year again when we see a new year turn and use the motivation of a clean slate and new beginning to make resolutions that are aim at improving various aspects of our lives. Some resolutions will be realized while many will fall to the back burner within…

Is your Christianity easy?

December 4, 2014. The alarm goes off at 6 AM Monday morning, and he drags himself out of bed to get ready for work. It would have probably been easier for him to get up had he not decided to watch half of the third season of House on Netflix last night after coming home…

Hymnnotes: Follow Me.

December 3, 2014. Today I am going to write on a hymn that is probably less known than the other ones I have chosen so far, but still has so much meaning. As with many songs, I have sung this for a while, but didn’t really think too deeply about the words until the last…

The call of Abraham.

August 9, 2014. Today I am moving to Arkansas in preparation to start my graduate work at UAMS, and it is an experience filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, I am excited at new opportunities and paths that I will undoubtedly start new journeys on; but then there is the other hand of…

Think on these things.

July 9, 2014. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the…

Commitment to Christ.

June 17, 2014. “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if…

Obedience over sacrifice.

June 4, 2014. Tonight was the last night of the campaign (aka gospel meeting) that we had here in Nicaragua and it has been really good. There has been a story that has come up two nights in a row, so I thought I would talk about it tonight. It’s a good story that we…

The cost of discipleship.

May 21, 2014. Today it rained. Such a simple sentence, but what an impact it had on our mindset. We had just finished teaching English at the academy and we got back to the church went it decided to downpour. It was honestly the happiest I have been all trip. I was ecstatic. After we…

Trust and the heart.

April 12, 2014. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream,and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought,for it does…