Ten Commandments, Third Command

God? What do you think of when you hear that name? Jesus? Holy Spirit? I am not even going to insult you by suggesting that you would ever think of using God’s name in a dirty joke or an expletive phrase. If you are a follower of Christ, you surely have more respect for Him than that. But, what importance do you give to His name? [...] Continue Reading…

I Hope My Church Never Sings This Song

This is a word for me as a church planter. This passage is not talking about a lack of growth, it’s talking about the failure to produce a good harvest. The goal at our church is the same as any other Bible-believing, Christ-honoring church. We want to produce growing disciples of Jesus Christ. We want people to look, act, and sound more like Jesus. We want to be lovers of God and lovers of people. We want to be holy, because He is holy. If we keep that as our aim, and allow God’s Spirit to work His way in our midst, we will never have to sing the Song of the Vineyard. [...] Continue Reading…

Ten Commandments, Second Command

God is more than we give Him credit for being! The second commandment is to remind us and command us to give God the credit He deserves. He has no equal. There is no image to which you can compare Him adequately. There is nothing wrong with having something around your neck to remind you of your love and devotion to Jesus, but it is not a replacement for that personal relationship. [...] Continue Reading…

Catholic Church, Notre Dame, and President Obama

There is an interesting controversy between the Catholic Church, Notre Dame, and President Obama that is testing the roots of the school and the church against the leadership’s desire to be relevant and in tune with culture and the new presidency. Is this a moral debate, a spiritual debate or a political debate? I’m not sure that it is not each of these, but I suspect there is more to come in the next few years. I am curious how the leadership of the Catholic Church will mesh with its own people over these issues. [...] Continue Reading…

Church Planting Is In My Blood

Church planting is in my blood. It didn’t occur to me until recently, but shortly after my mother came to Clarksville she was a charter member of a local church. They are celebrating their 50th anniversary today. Shortly after this my mother married my father and became a Baptist, but she has always loved her Lutheran heritage. [...] Continue Reading…

Pastor Fred Winter’s Widow Shares Her Testimony (Faith Example)

Last Sunday I preached a message on the difference in having circumstantial faith and in trusting God completely even when everything around us screams otherwise. (You can watch that HERE.) Cindy Winters, the widow of Reverend Winters, is a perfect example of this kind of steady faith. She takes a tragedy and uses it as an opportunity to share her faith in Jesus Christ! Wow! Listen to her story. She gives the recipe of going through the worst times of life. [...] Continue Reading…

President Obama Online Town Hall Meeting (Instant Access)

In the age of instant everything, now we enter instant responses from the President of the United States. President Obama attempted an “experimental” online town hall meeting today. This is the president who has already changed the value of the Internet for political campaigns, raising more money online than anyone ever dreamed possible. The Obama administration obviously recognizes the importance of continuing this type of access of people to the President. [...] Continue Reading…