More Micaiahs, Please!

Bribery, plagiarism, half truths, and flat out lies… everywhere you turn and in many headlines you read, you’ll find stories of elaborate scams and intricately woven scandals. Our human tendency to bend the truth and follow the crowd has never been more prevalent as...

Jacob Vs. Esau

Coke vs. Pepsi. Nike vs. Adidas. UPS vs. FedEx. Lyft vs. Uber. Long before those modern day rivalries, there was Jacob vs. Esau. Rivalries are part of humanity, and this one in particular stretched all the way to the beginning of Jacob and Esau. Jacob got his name...

Lifemarks

One thing that fascinates my kids is animal footprints. Whenever we see them, they try to identify them: Is it a bird? Tiger? Llama? Just like animals, wherever we go, not only do we leave footmarks, but we leave our own mark by how we live. You might call them...

RAPID 🔥 Q&A

Recently I did some Q&A on Instagram, but the space was pretty limited there. As we come to the end of my church planting blog, I thought I’d take some time to expand on those answers. Here we go… Insight on building a team, recruiting volunteers (@andrewrael)...

PRAY LIKE JESUS

If you’re a Christian, you would probably tell me you believe in the power of prayer. You would probably say you believe it’s effective, worth your time, and vital to your spiritual growth. But the reality is, we don’t have to say anything; our lives reflect what we...

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...