6 months ago, God sold my house

We've been in NYC for almost 6 months now and it has been truly amazing. I still have moments where I walk around the city marveling at the fact that this is my home. We are thankful the transition has been so smooth and I'm personally thankful to be serving as a pastor with a …

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Mundane Transformation

What they don’t tell you in college, what your parents don’t prepare you for, what you’re job interview will surely not cover, is that the majority of your life is lived in the mundane. The necessary, tedious, and ordinary everyday activities that aren’t exciting or glamorous, but you cannot avoid. It’s been on my mind …

Our Year in Pictures, Part 2

Here's a continuation of yesterday's post. Here are more pictures from this past year. Eli was potty trained this year, but learned quickly the multiple uses for underwear and discipled his brother. We also discovered 1st Saturday's Home Depot Kids Workshops. It's free for everyone and it's a great family activity. He's already learned from …

Does mission lead naturally to community?

I’ve been wrestling with a statement by someone I respect immensely and who has influenced my missiology greatly. The statement is: “When we are all working on mission, community happens naturally. When we're working on community, mission gets lost somewhere.” I think this statement challenges the status quo for 95% of churches in America. The …

Lessons in Evangelism – Community Evangelism

In my last post in this series, I dealt more with a personal evangelism method (Questioning Evangelism) which is where most of us find ourselves when we seek to declare the gospel at work, in our neighborhood or apartment. It’s also how we’ve come to view and teach evangelism. It has become a personal responsibility that …

Lessons in Evangelism – Questioning Evangelism

This is the next in my series on evangelism, the first few can be found in the blog archives.   After dealing with the motivation for evangelism (loving Jesus and loving others) and the content of evangelism (lifestyle change & Jesus as Lord), it’s time to get into the mechanics of evangelism. How do we …

Lessons in Evangelism – What?

Last week I began a series, Lessons in Evangelism, dealing with how God has changed me over the last 6 months. I’m not a televangelist, though sometimes I look like Joel Oesteen with a curly-haired mullet, and I’m not even remotely considered an evangelist, but the last 6 months I’ve made an effort to do …

Lessons in Evangelism: Why? Part 2 of 2

Yesterday I started what I hope will be a series about evangelism titled Lessons in Evangelism, because I feel like the last 6 months God has been teaching me various lessons in Evangelism which have changed the way I view evangelism and changed the way I evangelize. I’m starting with the motivation behind why we …