The Weightiness of Music Ministry

What Is This Event? The Weightiness of Worship is an event designed for anyone who wants to know more about what the Bible teaches us about the place of congregational singing in church life. This is a workshop and time of fellowship that is especially designed to equip worship teams in small churches (churches ofContinue reading “The Weightiness of Music Ministry”

What’s So Great About A Church Covenant?

If you’re like me you cringe when things feel overly or pointlessly formal. But, over the years, I’ve learned to see that things can be formal AND joyful at the same time (the most obvious example would be a wedding). I never expected it, but one of my favorite things about an annual church meetingContinue reading “What’s So Great About A Church Covenant?”

Theological Survey: What Child Is This?

I think some of the most deeply theological hymns are Advent Hymns. But rather than prove that, let’s just look at one of them shall we? What Child is This?Verse 1: What Child is this who laid to restOn Mary’s lap is sleeping?Whom angels greet with anthems sweetWhile shepherds watch are keeping Refrain:This, this isContinue reading “Theological Survey: What Child Is This?”

How Do I Honor Parents That I Disagree With?

We all know the holidays can be fraught with all kinds of relational conflict. By God’s grace this is not the case for everyone. It could be worse. But still, we live in a fallen world where even faithful, bible believing Christians dread the holidays because of the drama. This may be even more likelyContinue reading “How Do I Honor Parents That I Disagree With?”

Help! God Doesn’t Answer My Prayers

This past Sunday we talked about Elijah and the Prophets of Baal from 1 Kings 18. We know from looking at James 5:17-18 that one “takeaway” from this story is about the power of prayer. The priests of Baal prayed fervently but “No one answered; no one paid attention” (1 Kings 18:29). It becomes apparentContinue reading “Help! God Doesn’t Answer My Prayers”

A Helpful Response to the Gay Choir Boys

Recently the San Francisco Gay “Men’s” Choir posted a video singing about how they are “coming for our children”. Some significant lyrics include: “But you’re just frightened – you think that we’ll corrupt your kids if our agenda goes unchecked. Funny – just this once – you’re correct.” “We’ll convert your children – happens bitContinue reading “A Helpful Response to the Gay Choir Boys”

Why Make a Big Deal About Jailed Canadian Pastor?

In our last two Sunday worship services I’ve mentioned Pastor Tim Stephens in some fashion (once in a prayer and another time in a sermon application point). Pastor Tim was arrested last week for organizing and leading an outdoor worship service for his Calgary congregation. I’m going to continue to bring his name up inContinue reading “Why Make a Big Deal About Jailed Canadian Pastor?”

Letter to Pastor Tim Stephens in Jail

Pastor Tim, I became aware of your situation through the brothers at Cross Politic. I write as a pastor and a brother in Christ who prays earnestly for your vindication, comfort and strength. I pray for your family and have openly encouraged our congregation to join me. I thank God for your faithfulness to theContinue reading “Letter to Pastor Tim Stephens in Jail”

5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die Part 5

Jesus Came to Die Because He Loved The Father My kids are in that wonderful season of life where they are constantly measuring and comparing things. Everything is a contest. Everything is being compared for its value against something else. They sometimes ask me, “Dad, who do you love more…us or mom?” Now this mayContinue reading “5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die Part 5”