What I Left Out: John 1.43-51

Inevitably, much of my study for sermons is left out because the point of preaching is not mere information download, but a point of transformation. I hope to write consistently on those things I have to leave out for the sake of time and out of love for my hearers. Perhaps if you find you have more time to consider …

Get Woke

It seems like this is the phrase these days that all the cool kids say. It means to be aware of social situations we currently find ourselves in. You’re welcome. Now you can use it on your socials and impress everyone that you are, indeed, socially conscious. On a larger scale, though, it is clear that our current cultural milieu …

Leading with a Limp

Jacob left Peniel,¬†and he was limping because of the injury to his hip (Gen. 32.31; NLT) Too many times we focus on the action of leadership and not the ontology of the leader. That is, when asked to define what a leader is, most people’s responses are boiled down to “They lead.” This is what a leader does. This is …

Idealism and Realism

One of the difficulties with living is when our ideals come crashing against the rock of reality. That is, I have a dream gets hosed down by the injustices of mediocrity and status quo. I have been walking through the Core Values of our church plant, Christ the Redeemer, and we just got done walking through our first (and most …