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…

The Privilege of Pastoring

I was relaxing on my back porch this evening, praying for my family and just reflecting. I couldn’t help but feel grateful for my calling in life. I love being a pastor, especially of this particular flock. Pastoring is often described as a difficult calling, but I wouldn’t primarily characterize pastoring as a difficult calling. Yes, it’s…

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…

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…