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…

Our Legacy vs. God’s Kingdom

We’re going through the book of Daniel at Raintree, and recently we looked in-depth at Daniel chapter 2. It records a dream that Nebuchadnezzar had, where he was a head of gold, and where other parts of the body were kingdoms that would come after him. The was one main point of this dream. Our…

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…

The Heart of Marriage

I recently had the privilege of giving the “message to the couple” at my brother’s wedding. It was such a joy to see my little brother (well, he’s bigger than me, but I’m still older) marry the girl of his dreams. God brought these two together, and I’m excited to see them pursue reflecting the…

Unoriginal Thoughts on “The Shack”

  None of my thoughts are new, or at least I doubt they are, but since different people read my blog, I thought I’d give my two cents on “The Shack.” One Big Caveat This isn’t AT ALL to bash anyone who disagrees with me. I’m not going to judge you if you read the…

How could God kill all the firstborn of Egypt?

The Exodus. It was the greatest act of deliverance in the Old Testament. So many Old Testament writers refer back to this great act of God and praise Him for loving His people and delivering them from slavery. But there is a question that comes up with the 10th plague, that of God killing all the…

Sunday’s Q&A- “God’s Sovereign Mercy”

God’s Sovereign Mercy What a neat week it was to look at both the most difficult theological topic in the Bible, as well as the most controversial chapter in the Bible for Christians! As we’ve been continuing through the Exodus narrative, a blaring question has been evident: What does it mean that God hardened Pharaoh’s…

Don’t Sound the Trumpet!

The Trumpet Matthew 6:2: “When you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others.” I don’t think they’re referring to an actual trumpet here, although that certainly could have happened. But it seems like Jesus is…

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…

We Hate the World because We Forget

Not only is fear or anxiety a common response to everything happening in our culture, but there is another seemingly common response for Bible-believing Christians who watch a culture turn not only from Christ, specifically, but also turn away from Christian principles and foundations for society, something many of us may struggle with– What is this other…

The Forgotten Women of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2016 is upon us, and bids an opportunity to celebrate mothers. These are the women who work, raise, and care for our children! We must celebrate them, and make absolutely sure that they know just how loved they are. But Mother’s Day isn’t a joyous occasion for all. For many, and for many…

When Church Hurts

  If you’ve been a member of a church for long, you’ve probably been hurt. Why is it that being part of a local church is one of the most beautiful of human experiences, and yet also, at times, one of the hardest? One of my favorite authors, Tim Keller, tweeted a few years ago:…