But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Maybe it’s just me, but have you ever noticed that Christians who heavily emphasize holiness often lack openness and honesty? Have you ever noticed that Christians who heavily emphasize openness and honesty often lack holiness?One church seems to be filled with people who seem to have it all...

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Monday, 27 January 2020 22:02

Why Does God Allow Death?

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On January 26, 2020, our world was shocked to hear of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. He was just 41 years old. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also killed in the crash. Our hearts sink just thinking about the family members still alive that are affected by this. I was personally...

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I’m sure you know the tragic story of Joshua Harris: a respected Christian author, a pastor for 17 years, and a leading voice for sexual purity in the Christian community, who left his wife, left his faith, and left Jesus. It was a shocking moment for many, especially those who had been...

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:57

Reflections on One Year as a Pastor

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Many times this year, I’ve been in the car on my way to the office, when it suddnely dawns on me: “I can’t believe I get to do this full time!” It’s an incredible privilege to be in full-time ministry, and it's something I hope I never take for granted. ...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 06:32

Why I'm Not a Continuationist

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Sometimes, to be a leader, you need to be defined not only by what youarebut also by what youare not. This article is meant to describewhat I am not. In this article, I want you to know thatI am not acontinuationist. I’m not writing this to persuade you to my camp, but just to explain...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 03:29

Faith that Endures

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It seemed like such an odd detail. In a list praising Abraham for being willing to sacrifice his son, Moses for giving up a life of luxurious living, and Noah for building a boat and saving all of humanity, the statement about Jacob really stood out to me. “By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed...

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The day is coming closer. The day you dread every year. The day you wish would never come. If you could just snap your fingers and skip this day completely, you would. The day that will find you constantly thinking about the loved one you lost. Grief is already hard to bear, but facing the...

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Merriam-Webster defines the wordreckless as “marked by lack of proper caution; careless of consequences.” A while back, I got into a small (and probably unnecessary) online debate on whether or not God’s love should be described asreckless. While one can make a fair...

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It has been several years ago now, but I was once speaking with a children’s director at a church in Maryland about kids ministry.  While talking, this man pointed to a picture on the wall in a classroom that really bothered him.  It was a picture of Noah’s Ark,...

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Our day is a day of controversy. Our society is plagued with gender dysphoria, the loss of basic human rights, and the total misperception of personal identity. Many of these issues, along with countless others, would have been outrageous to suggest a few decades ago, and while the church largely...

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When I was in college and grad school, people would often ask what I wanted to do with my Bible degree. At the time, I would tell them, “Youth pastor.” They would normally then ask, “Interesting. So why do you think we’re losing the next generation?” It’s a...

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Eight years ago, I tried to watch Game of Thrones: Season 1.  A few episodes in, I put the DVDs back in the case and returned them.  I had seen enough. Besides being disturbed by the nihilistic violence and rape, I felt the story of Westeros wasn’t going anywhere meaningful, and I...

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One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” It reminds me that Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, understands my...

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In case you missed it, HBO just broadcasted the eighth and final season of their show, “Game of Thrones,” which is based off George R.R. Martin’s books. This show (and the books) have now become a sort of cultural phenomenon. The show was the most expensive TV show produced in...

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