Janet (my, now, fiancee) and I love art; modern art, to be exact. But the way we love art is slightly different: I love how the colors come together to form one cohesive picture. I love how an abstract piece of modern art can take on various meanings and significances the longer I gaze upon […]Read More Corrective Lenses: Reading the Bible like we "read" Art? (Part 2 of OT Tactics)
Early on in my faith, during my late junior high and early high school years, I used to have a tiny black Bible I would carry around with me in my back pocket. Being a young believer and hungry to learn, I would mark up that Bible every time I opened it – underlining sentences, […]Read More What are these 39 books for? (Part 1 of Old Testament Tactics)
Last week I had the joy of preaching for my youth students in our bi-monthly Youth Sunday Worship. Since Sunday preaching comes about 2-3 times a month, I often look forward to the weeks I get to work through the Word and preach to my church. However, the task is not always all fun and […]Read More 4 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor in His Task of Preaching
A couple weeks ago, a group of us from my church’s mission committee took a trip to Mexico to survey the work our missionary contact is doing down there, and consider future partnership together. As we were wrapping things up on our last day, I was suddenly reminded of all the short-term trips I had […]Read More I’m back from my short-term missions trip! …Now what?
If God gave me the perfect home, I would have no need for my eternal home in heaven. If God gave me the perfect church, I wouldn’t long for the perfect fellowship awaiting with the saints. If God made me the perfect pastor, my church would have no need for the perfect Shepherd, and I would have […]Read More Why God doesn’t give me the perfect __________.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to preach to our whole congregation at Sunset Church. While at other times I might consider this a privilege, the past week in preparation felt more like torture. A large reason was because I was assigned the dreaded text of Romans 9. While I was fairly confident in my ability […]Read More When I don’t want to worship…
My very first short-term mission trip was in 2003 when I was in high school. Our team, like many other high school mission trips, went to Mexico to build houses, lay down some water piping, and hold a VBS for the local kids. I remember the anticipation leading up to that trip, and the things […]Read More "Why should I go on short-term missions?" (3 Reasons why NOT to go)
It’s that season again. The sun is up longer, the weather is getting warmer, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming – allergies are acting up… Spring has arrived! In our generation of Disney movies, happily ever after, and hopeless romantics, Spring is often associated with love. However, for some reason, since my college days in […]Read More Spring… the season of Missions!
It’s been about a year since I’ve last blogged, and I’ve decided to revamp my blog and kick it off with a few of my favorite book recommendations on topics pertaining to living the Christian life. Over the last couple years, I’ve found a few books that have become my “GoTo” guides for various topics […]Read More 4 books that have changed my life (besides the Bible)…
Today, I was reflecting on some of my past sins. Ever had those days, when you’re driving, or talking with a friend, or praying, and all of a sudden you’re reminded of all that you’ve done in the past? All the shame you’ve carried because of your secret sin with that girl? Or all of […]Read More Gospel in Life: Not "despite," but "because" of my sin… Amazing Grace.