Finding God’s Will

Some have found this helpful, perhaps you may as well. Credit is deserved by Kevin DeYoung, author of Just Do Something. His worked greatly influenced my thoughts and the structure of this sermon.

Seeking God Isn’t Mystical: It Requires Study

Are Pastors Exempt?

It’s commonly thought that Pastors’ lives are somehow unique: They are protected from suffering and have a Red Phone to God. I’m a pastor. Read my story and see.

On March 6th the burned remains of my Mother were discovered after a 6 1/2 hour search. She was formally identified by the surgical markings on her toes. Today, sixty days after Mom’s horrific death, my Dad died. He suffered as well. Last May he spent ten days on life support following heart surgery and had been hospitalized eight times since then.

Both were great parents who contributed well to society. Some would say they were good people. Some would say, “Why do good people suffer?” The question’s fatal flaw lies in the fact there are no good people on earth. A better question is: Has a good person suffered? Yes. The Bible says that God sent his Son who knew no sin (was good) to become sin (be punished for our fatal flaws) for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God (we can be made good).

My parents weren’t intrinsically good, but were made good simply by believing that Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross for their fatal flaws. They then demonstrated this faith remarkably in their lives.

Mom and Dad both suffered and died. This is not an indication that God isn’t good but that life is broken. The two can’t be confused. The same God who made them good has now delivered them from suffering and into his presence forever.

Pastors are not exempt. Even though Mom and Dad are with Jesus, I’m grieving and rightly so. I grieve because death is real and I won’t make friends with it. I’m hopeful because Jesus has defeated death.

It’s always too early to quit

Writing Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler is barely old enough to run for President. He has a wife, three kids and pastors a church of thousands. I’ve never met him but have heard him preach and respect him greatly; though I do believe I could take him in a wrestling match.

Matt has a malignant brain tumor. He has had surgery and now awaits further treatment. You can read about it here.

Thousands are praying for Matt. Many of those thousands will send letters or posts in hopes of being encouraging. It is for you who will write that I offer the following free advice:

First: Resist the temptation to try and say something profound.

Second: Resist the temptation to try and say something profound.

Third: Resist the temptation to try and say something profound.

Dear Matt,

I’m sorry you’re suffering. Perhaps it may comfort you to know that today I’m praying for your kids to have an incredible day with their Daddy.

Justin Beadles

Winning the Debate

Watch Dr. William Lane Craig literally devastate the argument of his opponent. His succinct statements add velocity to his apologetic ammunition.

How Big is Your Package?

IMG_0438Three massive boxes arrived at the office recently. Our office manager excitedly opened her shipment of umbrellas from Target. How many do you think could be shipped in boxes of such magnitude? If you guessed THREE you were right. Who is the genius at Target who fills an order of three umbrellas in three separate and giant boxes?

Alas, from this some lessons in public speaking/preaching are gained.

The package (PowerPoint, dancing bear, unicycle act) can’t overpower the content.

  1. Study the contents, then choose the most efficient and effective method of delivery. Any old method won’t do.

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