Choose your paradigm: Membership or Missional. (Part 2)

February 22, 2015. Last week we began a series that addressed two different paradigms that churches can have, through which they look at the world and the lost. Of these two paradigms, only one is put forth by Jesus. It seems that in our culture today, however, the opposite one is most often the default…

Choose your paradigm: Membership or Missional. (Part 1)

  February 15, 2015. I have been listening to a lot of sermons and podcasts recently that have dealt with the mission of the church and how we need to relight our fire. Of particular note was the distinction between two different paradigms in Christianity that we need to be aware of to choose the…

I Corinthians 9-10: Reality check.

March 15, 2015. Daily Reading: I Corinthians 9-10. Background: I Corinthians 7-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 1. Paul’s defense to the Corinthians: In this chapter, Paul defends his apostleship and talks about his and Barnabas’ rights in the Lord in comparison to the rest of the body of Christ. Two things may have been at…

Matthew 14-16: Jesus’ ministry.

February 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Matthew 14-16. Background: Matthew 11-13. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 14 1. Belief without faith: At the beginning of this chapter we gain an interesting perspective into the mind of Herod the tetrarch and can glean an important lesson about a characteristic of man that we might sometimes overlook in our own lives….

The journey begins; Day 1: Romans 1-2.

January 4, 2015. And so it begins! If you are just joining today, great! We are about to start a 52 week journey through the entire bible, with daily background, summery and connection-based/practical lessons from each section. Last year I made a resolution to post a daily devotional throughout the course of the year on…

Jonah, Part 2: 4 Lessons.

December 18, 2014. Yesterday I began a series on the the story of Jonah as inspired by a podcast series I listened to on the way down to Chattanooga. Today I would like to continue the series by discussing four different lessons that I think we can pull from the book of Jonah and apply…

The church of Christ, Part 5: Our Future.

November 26, 2014. As we finish our five part study on the church of Christ, I hope these devotionals have been helpful to you, whether you are inside our fellowship or not. Usually it is best to go to the source when looking for information about a certain group and it is certainly always good…

5 Characteristics of a love like Christ’s.

November 17, 2014. There is little debate that one of the central messages in the gospels is the love of Christ. This love is what brought Him down to earth, to teach to a world that was pretty hard of hearing and to eventually lay down His life as a ransom for all who would…

What is Christianity?

July 29, 2014. There are a few fundamental philosophical questions that I think most people encounter at some point in their lives. Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose/meaning of life? Is this all there is? These questions have been asked time and again throughout the ages, with different peoples and…

Steadfast.

June 8, 2014. Tonight was the last night in Nicaragua. It was really hard saying goodbye to everyone, especially for some people in our group. I hope the work we did down here continues on without us being here and that the church is able to grow. One night, our campus minister lead a prayer…

Short term mission goals.

May 18, 2014. Day three of Nicaragua and I think we are a bit anxious to settle into what we came here to do: teach English using the an easy to read version of the book of Luke. Tomorrow will begin our first day of really teaching English. Pray for us that our trip may…

The harvest is white.

May 16, 2014. Today was our first day in Nicaragua and I am very excited to be here. It is so great to know that there are Christians here in a completely different country that I can call part of my family. Some people might say that short term mission work is of little to…