Sexual Assault, Jesus, and Me

Sexual Harassment, Jesus, and Me

I was a freshman at a Christian university in South Carolina. He was the head of security for that university. He paid me $50 a week to take part in an exercise program, and he monitored the results, observing my technique, measuring growth, and checking muscle tone. He told me it was for his doctoral program … Continued

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Relationship-Based Discipleship

Relationship-Based Discipleship

There wasn’t a Bible study, or Scripture memory, or even prayer. There were barbells on the floor, reps to be done, and a lot of sweat. Some would say it wasn’t discipleship. I would disagree. I believe discipleship is simple: do what you do and do it with others. Or, do what they do and … Continued

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How to Become a Bible Reading Family

How to Become a Bible Reading Family

Early this morning I was drinking coffee and reading the first five chapters of Psalms, since it is the first day of the month. I noticed Brooke was drinking coffee and looking at her phone. Then and there I made a decision. It’s a decision that earlier in our marriage I have been scared to … Continued

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Pushing Back Darkness Through Confession

Pushing Back Darkness Through Confession

Between planting a church and my family, I tend to stay pretty busy. We have 5 children. My kids play sports, and my friends throw parties. My Saturdays are often filled with basketball games and work days at our new church building. All of this makes it easy for my yard work to get away … Continued

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3 Ways to Help Your Community Group Thrive

3 Ways to Help Your Community Group Thrive

Twice a month I meet with a group of guys. These young men are leading community groups, some for the very first time. We recently covered some nuts and bolts of leading a group I think you may find helpful. Why People Come to Your Group What you do outside of your group is what … Continued

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Learning Your Limits

Learning Your Limits

I quickly poured my cup of coffee as soon as the percolating was finished. However, I may have been a little too “industriously eager” because, before I realized it, the cup was suddenly filled to the brim. Everything seemed just fine as I stopped and looked my situation over. After all, full is good. No … Continued

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Community

What’s Missing from Your Sermon Podcast or Bible Study

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. — Philippians 4:2-3 We … Continued

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How to Understand the Difference Between Husbands and Wives

Hard to Understand: Recognizing Your Wife’s Differences

We have very few important items in our home. We try to be pretty low maintenance people, especially when it comes to things. We’re church planters, missionaries who have invested everything we have in people, relationships, and church. However, while unpacking after our most recent move, I reflected on one piece of crystal that means … Continued

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When Depression Creeps In

When Depression Creeps In

I remember thinking, after struggling with severe panic attacks for over a year, that I would never be on stage again. I’ve always felt called to ministry, but I assumed this was God’s way of telling me that my role would not include public speaking. Generally, I see myself as more of a behind-the-scenes guy, … Continued

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Dealing with Discouragement

Dealing with Discouragement

The sun doesn’t shine much in Portland, but on this day the clouds surrendered and the boggy playground near our Portland suburb exploded with color, warmth, and my daughter’s excitement. Bailey was 10 years old, and a 10-year-old girl has the ability to ride a small bicycle faster and with more daring than any grown … Continued

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