I recently had a couple conversations with some old friends who I hardly ever see anymore. We talked (and argued) about life and ministry and politics and current events. The conversation lasted well into the night. At the end of the conversation, I began to realize something. The view these friends have of me is … More Why I’m Leaving Facebook
Allyssa and I are rather strange. But we don’t realize it until people point it out. A lot of what we do as pastors seems normal to us, but when others point it out (often as a compliment, sometimes as a complaint), we then realize that we’re not normal. We might take too much pride in … More Contribute vs. Critique
I recently finished our spring classes at Central City Church. The class I lead was an introduction to local missions. It ran alongside a class that is an introduction to small groups: local missions and intentional relationships, two of our three core values. I haven’t had much success with classes, but after a little encouragement … More Christians say “I love the poor.” I say: “What are their names?”
Please note: this post was intentionally written with a little bit of “bite.” Its tone is meant to be bold, vulnerable, with a hint of satire. Read at your own risk. 🙂 My heart hurts for the violence in this world, both what is noticed and mourned by the world, like school and police shootings, as … More Gun Control -or- Another Post to Agree or Disagree With
5 years ago, Allyssa and I started praying about planting a church. This past Sunday we held our 11th weekly worship service. #whatajourney This church planting experience has been a journey. God has worked in amazing ways, but not often how I expected. Some doors have just flung open. Others we have had to knock on … More Four Things That Keep Me Going
When studying scripture, I often find that strange parts of scripture are often linked to something, somewhere else, that helps bring it deeper meaning. I find this often across the Old and New testament. I have found it often enough that I tend to operate out of a simple assumption: if something is confusing, or … More Faith to Move Mountains
On Sunday, I preached on Matthew 19, verses 16 and following, where Jesus encounters a rich young ruler. The podcast is available here, but something my friend said in response is probably worth more than anything I said. One of my friends from Franklinton drove up to Grandview to join us for worship. He’s lived … More When an email says more than the sermon it’s replying to…
On Sunday we had our first preview service. After spending time praying over the teaching, we decided to focus on our three goals as a church: dynamic worship, intentional relationships, and risk-taking mission. You can listen to it here: http://www.centralcity.co/podcast/2017/6/11/message-preview-service On Sunday, we looked at Isaiah 6 and how heavenly worship spelled out in this passage … More For how long, Lord?
Last night for Good Friday we took time to confess our sins. It was a bold move for a new church, especially as our first service. Maybe a bit risky, but it happened, and God showed up. If nothing else, our new church will be grounded in a call to humility, and for that I’m … More A Confession: Reflections From Our Good Friday Service
My writing friends used to complain about the misuse of the word “literally.” “I’m dying from this pain, literally.” Well, of course you’re not dying literally. It drove them crazy when people used the expression “literally” to mean “figuratively.” So I was very careful when I crafted our prayer for our location. Over the season of Lent we’ve … More Literally.