The following blog post was originally published in the Berkeley Independent. One of God’s main goals for your life is that you will be transformed. There exists actions, sometimes called “disciplines,” in which we can allow God to transform us from who we are to who He desires us to be. These disciplines are simply tools that God has given us to enable our spiritual transformation. Over the next several weeks we’re going to look at some different ways that we can allow God to transform us. However, all of these tools center around two basic tenets of the faith: Bible reading and prayer. These actions alone will help us grow […]
The following blog post was originally published in the Berkeley Independent. Before I begin this week’s column on the praying faith, I want to take time to thank the staff at The Berkeley Independent for allowing me to write this column every week. As a former journalism major, the love of writing has always been close to my heart, therefore, I am very appreciative to be able to share with you my thoughts on God’s Word each and every week through this venue. With that said, let’s continue our previous discussion about what God’s Word has to say in James 5:16-20 about praying in faith. Verse 16 states, “Therefore, confess your […]
It just so happens that I taught on the “whys, hows, and whats” of civil disobedience last Wednesday night. I’ve been preaching through Titus on Sunday mornings so I thought I’d unpack the “submit to authority” section. Earlier today, a church member asked my opinion on the Kim Davis situation. He asked me this because I tweeted the other day how I was upset by the article written from the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission essentially, in my opinion, shaming Mrs. Davis for her actions. Romans 13, among other things, was used for why she should still obey the law. Those who hold this opinion are deeply misguided […]
The following appeared in the September 2, 2015 edition of the Berkeley Independent. There’s a story that you may have heard about a young preacher at a small rural church. During the middle of his sermon his son shouted out “Vroom!!” as he was playing with a paper airplane. The young pastor told the little boy to quiet down. Then, a second time, it happened again. Then, the third time, the young boy let the plane fly from his hand and it landed across the aisle in Miss Hazel’s hair. The pastor excused himself and picked up his son, threw him over his shoulder and took him out the back […]
This past Sunday, I preached my fourth of six sermons in the book of Titus. This message centers around the idea of how belief systems in our society state, “you can believe whatever you want to believe and you’ll be okay.” That’s not what Jesus taught. The Apostle Paul urged Titus to preach only Christ and Christ crucified, so that is what he did and that is what we must do to reach people for Him.
Its Day 2 of my vacation and I’m already convicted to write about something that I just experienced. I just returned from the Georgia Aquarium. It was an amazing experience. But, it wasn’t the attractions of the aquarium that amazed me. You see, my family went last year as well and I was greatly impressed. This year, however, I wasn’t so much amazed by the attractions and shows because pretty much everything was the same. I was amazed, instead, at the people. People everywhere stumbling around texting and walking and doing who knows what on their phone. I had the pleasure to push Annabeth around in her stroller and I lost count at […]