THE ART OF PREACHING

We’ve spent the last couple weeks discussing the importance of preaching the Word as well as some sermon prep hacks I’ve discovered that work well for me. Preaching is an art and a science. The science is the rules: eye contact, enunciate your words, make your message...

Drown Out the Noise

1 Timothy was written by the Apostle Paul to his right hand guy, Pastor Timothy. Paul had trained Timothy up and left him in Ephesus to lead the churches there as they struggled through some false doctrine that had infiltrated them. Toward the end of Chapter 1, Paul...

PREACHING PREP HACKS

Last week we discussed the importance of preaching the Word. If you’re not doing that, you’re not leading a church; it’s just a social, motivational organization. However, staying committed to preaching God’s Word takes a considerable time commitment each week....

Spiritual Posture

Spine health is big business these days. From chiropractors to ergonomic chairs and standing desks, posture matters. Hunching over or slouching down can do long term damage. Physical posture matters, but so does our spiritual posture. In Genesis 4, God sees the anger...

PREACH THE WORD!

Paul gave Timothy a lot of leadership and pastoral advice. 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy are absolute pastoral gold mines. From church leadership to facing false teachers, stewarding finances to prioritizing prayer, the roles of men and women in the church to spiritual...

NURSERY vs. ORCHARD

Growing up, my family used to go to an apple orchard each year where we would hand pick apples my mom would eventually turn into all things apple dessert: cobblers, crisps, pies, and struedles (excuse me, I just drooled on my keyboard). We would walk down dozens of...

HOW TO HIRE

We’ve spent the last few weeks discussing when to hire and who to hire. Today we tackle the process. Here are a couple quick thoughts on how to hire… Watch for a servant’s heart and avoid spotlight hunger. This could also fall under the “who to hire” category, but it...

Destination: Shipwreck

I’ve never been in a shipwreck, but I have been thrown out of a raft. The results and level of danger are very different, but they both involve being suddenly catapulted into tumultuous, freezing water, neither of which are fun. The Bible mentions a few shipwrecks,...

HIRING: WHO YOU HIRE MATTERS!

Church planters are builders. Everywhere we turn we are looking for people to build up and people to help us build. It’s in our DNA. One of my favorite things about what I do is who I do it with. I get to work with some of my best friends. Some of them were friends...

All Ages

Most people are scared to read the book of Job because they think God will force them to live it out. Or if they do start reading it, any little challenge they face in life, they like to blame on their reading of Job. “Well, I did just start reading Job, so no wonder...