Sneak Peak 3: 1 Church, 3 Languages

This is when we get into bigger changes coming this fall at Lamar. We’ve been praying and strategizing perhaps most fervently for our three language groups that meet on campus for worship each week. I’ve been meeting with Pastor Luis and Pastor Mung, regularly, to determine how best to move forward with what we’re calling…

Sneak Peek 2: Welcoming Guests

Changes are coming at Lamar, so we’re wanting to give a few sneak peeks so people can ask questions and start wrapping their minds around these changes. These first few sneak peeks are a bit more “cosmetic.” We’ll get to a bit more important sneak peeks in the near future! One of these more “cosmetic”…

Sneak Peek 1: Sunday & Wednesday Nights

As I’ve been praying for the last two months, and getting to know the people of Lamar better and better, I cannot get over the potential I see in Lamar Baptist Church making an impact on north Arlington and beyond. My family and I have been so welcomed into the Lamar family, and so many…

Why Preach Like That?

This Sunday is my first official Sunday at Lamar, and we’ll be starting our first whole book of the Bible to go through together. Because of that, I want to share why it’s my conviction that we spend most of our time as a church going verse-by-verse through books of the Bible or portions of…

Why Elders?

I’ve gotten quite a few questions from friends over the last year about why I was OK with pastoring a church that was elder-led. Here are a few reasons I was more than OK, but even preferred, to pastor a church with elders. I need accountability. Obviously, I can be held accountable with elders, but man…

Thoughts for Church Members on Easter Sunday

Easter is the highest attended Sunday of the year for churches. It’s an incredible opportunity for churches and church members to really do everything they can to make guests feel welcome. Below are three thoughts for church members on Easter Sunday. Be as considerate as possible of other people. Park far away, sit near the…

How Members Can Welcome Guests

At times it’s hard to put yourself in a guest’s shoes, especially if you’ve been attending the church for a long time. Most of us who are really involved with our church have our groups of friends and people we know, and Sundays can come and go for many without ever meeting someone new. For…

Why Small Groups?

So what’s the big deal about small groups? Isn’t Sunday morning worship enough? In today’s culture it makes sense that many don’t see the need for small groups in church life. Church is a place where we go to have this great experience in which people have a program set up for us, and then…

Why Expository Preaching?

In January at Raintree, we’ll be starting our first whole book of the Bible to go through together. Now because this is our first whole book to go through since I’ve been here, and because I think it’s important, I want to share why it’s my conviction to spend most of our time as a…

Big Church is Not Just for Big People

One of my earliest childhood memories is sitting next to my parents in First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, listening to Robert Jeffress. Well, I wasn’t actually listening to anything he had to say, but I had my coloring book, and I distinctly remember my parents having their Bibles open every week, taking lots of…

Does Church Membership Matter?

Why join a church? Can’t we just attend regularly? Is church membership even biblical? Does membership really even matter? As a pastor, I’ve been asked this questions many times. Frankly, they’re great questions that I want to address here! Not a Club! When thinking about how people think about the church, one thing is clear: people are confused about what it…

Millennials- How to keep us in the church!

Someone else’s opinion A pretty insightful, brief article entitled “Why Millennials are Leaving the Church.” I’d encourage you to read this, then go to my opinion below the link. Why millennials are leaving the church There aren’t really any precise dates on who is included in “Generation Y,” or the Millennial Generation. Most will include…