Category: The Church

Who you are not

When revitalizing a church, your temptation is going to be to do it like the big dogs.  You want to be the next Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Steven Furtick, Craig Groeschel or whoever else is popular at the time.  Your church, however, should be different.  It should be different because you are different, your members are different, your community is different, and your calling is, therefore, different.

Does God want me here?

Before you decide to revitalize your church or your small group, and to bring dead bones to life, first go to God and ask Him if he’s down with that plan.  We started our revitalization conversation here, and if you’re trying to turn things around or just beginning your story, you’re probably excited about the…

My Grandfather, the Pastor

I am different than my grandpa “Chuck”.  I am talkative and energetic and love to have a good conversation.  My grandpa has always been quiet and  reserved, preferring to read and study over talking.  Yet he’s always been a man to be admired.  With my grandma Judy He started the Grace Baptist Church in Birmingham…

The Nicene Creed, Part 2

A king born in a manger.  You know the story.  But considering that at the point the story was written there was nothing like it, it is an astonishing tale.  Kings were all about power and riches and big armies.  Even the nation of Israel, a thousand years before Jesus, complained to the prophet Samuel that “they wanted a king, like other nations.”  Power, riches, Big armies.

The Nicene Creed, Part 1

Today we’re talking about elements of the Nicene Creed and what we believe as a church.  Last week I told you that the Bible is not for information, its for transformation, and that only comes through application.  But transformation happens when we apply the information.  So you need information.  This series will be informative.    

Book Review:  A Church called Tov

For years, I wanted a big church with lots of people and lots of fans.  In order to do that though, I must build in qualities that shouldn’t actually be a part of the bride of Christ – No accountability, merit, and competition.  I was stuck in a toxic culture because I needed money for my family of six, and I was afraid to call anyone out.  I didn’t have the courage to do the right hinge at the time.

Kingdom Work during the Pandemic

This is a difficult time.  Difficult times do not mean that Kingdom Work is on hold.  In fact, The act of being a disciple is all the more important right now as this is the kind of world the Christian is called to act in ways that are specifically Christ like.  We are not destined to be self-serving, and as such, we must think in ways that are kingdom-minded, and not solely on how to help our own plights.  So after a few weeks of “staying in”, here are some ways you can begin to act with the mind of Christ.