Be Thou Our Vision: Where are we headed?

What is vision? “What is your vision for this church?” I remember the first time someone asked me that question. It was during the final stages of the interview process before I became the pastor of Waleska First Baptist Church. Honestly, I had no clue. I didn’t know the church at that point. I didn’t Read More

Bible Study Resources

For two years now, on Wednesday evenings, we have been trekking through much of the Old Testament. We began in Joshua and have traveled thus far to 1 Kings. I know that many of you like to study further in these texts throughout the week. To help you in this pursuit I wanted to share Read More

Honor Everyone. Love the Church. Fear God.

“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the king as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the Read More

Sick and Tired and Trusting.

“Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so Read More

Who Do You Say that I Am?

If you have never had an ice cold Jarritos on a scorching July day I don’t think you can really say that you have lived. Jarritos is a Mexican soda. The ingredients are written in Spanish and I am fairly sure that is a good thing. While interning at a church in North Georgia, my Read More

Bridging the Gap: How to make multigenerational work.

  There is a great divide in American churches today. It isn’t a racial divide. It isn’t a divide based on sex or upon level of income. It is a divide created by age, and it is tearing the Church apart. It sounds silly to think of the universal Church divided by something like age. Read More

“Asses Sought, Kingdom Found.”

The answer to the 26th question of the Heidelberg Catechism states that God “upholds and rules [all creation] by his eternal counsel and providence.” The Westminster Shorter Catechism states that “God executes His decrees in the works of creation and in providence.” The Philadelphia Baptist Confession of Faith puts it like this: God the good Read More

Mourning and Longing

Within our old hymn books are some precious treasures. The hymns of the 17th and 18th centuries were some of the most doctrinally robust compositions ever written. Most of the hymn writers only had a few of their works published as hymns. John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace, wrote thousands of poems and hymns Read More

The Hidden Idol.

As the father of two young children, the husband of one nearly-perfect wife, the pastor of a growing fellowship of believers, and as the unofficial couch-coach for several woefully mediocre sports teams I have a lot on my plate. My wife and I cherish our few nights alone at the house during the week. One of Read More

Gifts of Grace and Pleas for Mercy.

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one Read More

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