Should the Church be Focused on Evangelism?

“19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” – Matthew 28:19

When we read the words of Jesus in this passage, where do we place the emphasis? I would submit to you that there are two themes in this verse. One is, “Go…and make disciples of all nations,” and the other is , “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” While both themes are good, there are some practical implications that affect how we worship God when we emphasize one theme over the other. Continue reading “Should the Church be Focused on Evangelism?”

Should Women Be Pastors?

Early last week the “Ask Pastor John” podcast released an episode titled, “Is There a Place for Female Professors at Seminary?” There has been quite a few response to this particular episode of the podcast. In light of this, and some recent discussions that the elders of my church are working through, I wanted to write about the role of women in the church. Specifically, can or should women be pastors? Continue reading “Should Women Be Pastors?”

The Wright Words for the Wrong Cause

I read an article this morning in the NY Times titled The Gathering Threat to Abortion Rights. In short, the article is a very emotional appeal towards the right to choose and how the pro-life movement (and namely Mitch McConnel) is destroying “basic American freedom.” As you read the article, if you do, notice the emotional appeal and words used. Those on the pro-life side will make the same emotional appeals with two notable differences: they are facts, and they are logic. Continue reading “The Wright Words for the Wrong Cause”

Finding Sufficiency and Contentment in Every Situation

11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Philippians 4:13 is another one of those pesky “coffee cup” verses (I’m starting to think I should start a “coffee cup verse” series). We see many athletes adorning themselves with this verse. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It’s so catchy, it so empowering, it’s so motivating. But, like we asked last week, what does it mean? Continue reading “Finding Sufficiency and Contentment in Every Situation”

When Does God Fulfill Our Desires?

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Psalm 37:4 is one verse that is among the many “coffee cup” verses out there. We love to place it on our mugs, write it in our notebooks and even tattoo it on our arms. But what does the psalmist mean when he says “… he will give you the desires of your heart”? Continue reading “When Does God Fulfill Our Desires?”