Working the Word Into Your Day (from Raintree Church members)

I recently started a Facebook message thread with about 15 of our church members, and thought their input was so practical and helpful that I had to share it! I reorganized their thoughts into 9 questions/segments, and asked their permission to share. Thankfully they said yes. It’s neat not only to see some great ideas…

Does Scripture Allow for Female Deacons?

The Question This blog post will not be comprehensive in dealing with this question. The main reason I’m asking it is because we presented new deacon candidates at Raintree this morning for the first time since I’ve been here, including both men and women. Because I know there are people of different backgrounds who read…

Sermon Side-Notes: Dreams and Interracial Marriage

This morning at Raintree we looked at Daniel chapter 2 in detail, comparing man’s kingdom to God’s. The full message will be available by clicking HERE sometime today. There are two little side-notes that I did not include in this morning’s message, primarily because of time constraints, so I thought I’d put them here. Two…

Why We All Desperately Need the Body of Christ

There are lots of passages in the New Testament that specifically bring up the purpose of the gathered church, and we’re look at one this coming Sunday at Raintree Church: Colossians 3:16- “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,…

Does Biblical Knowledge Matter?

We just started the book of Colossians at Raintree, and I’ve already been challenged just by Paul’s introductory remarks in Chapter 1… The second part of verse 9: “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may…

Prophecy and Sensationalizing God’s Word

Prophecy News Watch It seems that with so many political and social changes happening in the United States over the last few years, prophecy news watch outlets and pundits are busier than ever. Blood Moon Prophecy The Mayan Calendar “Jade Helm” ending date coinciding with Biblical prophecy The Bible Code The Mystery of the Shemitah…

WWJD- a response to Mick Mooney (Huffington Post)

Here’s the very short “parable” of sorts written by Mick Mooney. Read before continuing! WWJD: What Would Jesus Do? Do you Really Want to Know? I thought about writing a parable in response, but I think it’s best just to discuss the ideas and assumptions purported in Mooney’s parable. Mooney uses well known stories of…

“God can do anything!” Wait, can he?

God Can Do Anything As Christians, we too oft ground our view of God in very short mottos, like “Jesus loves you” and “God can do anything” and “Let go and let God.” While most these are harmless mottos and can serve a good purpose, they sometimes can become so significantly foundational to our theology…

The Intolerance of Tolerance

What is tolerance???? Am I “intolerant” because I claim that my belief in Jesus Christ as God is true, and any other belief that denies this is wrong? Does this mean that I am a bigot? This note is in response to the prevalence of a postmodern understanding and celebration of “tolerance” on TCU’s campus….