For many of us, a lot of thoughts run through our minds during times of crisis. It can be hard to stop wondering "What will happen?" and focus on "What should I do right now?"
I present a rundown of some thoughts/ideas that might be going around in our collective minds. Then I offer two truths that ought to ground us in the present: 1) The need to truly rely upon God's sovereign control and 2) God's command to worry only about today.
Key texts: Daniel 4:34-35, James 4:13-17, Mark 4:35-41,...
To practice God's truth means we need to understand God's original intent. Sin has perverted God's design and Satan works overtime to keep us from discerning and knowing it. Today I discuss what God's original intent is regarding male/female interaction within marriage (and by extension, society) and I do a deep-dive into defining headship and its practice.
You don't have to wear glasses or have a genius IQ to see and know that marriage is in trouble. Why? I attempt to answer the question in this episode, as well as begin explaining God's original intention for marriage.
Great controversy exists in our culture about how to define marriage and in particular, who can be married. In this episode, I examine what Jesus says about marriage and how He appeals to God's original intent in the Garden of Eden.
What stereotypes do you have about men and women? Are they helpful or hurtful in thinking about your relationships?
Today, I begin a new series on how you can cultivate a marriage that glorifies Christ. The first step is de-constructing bad thinking and replacing it with Biblical thinking. As aways, thoughts and comments welcome!
In today's episode, I discuss the application of the theology of worship to the practice of worship in our local churches.
The first 23 minutes discusses our individual attitudes when we come together to worship, while the final 15 minutes reviews the 6 elements that must be present in the church during the saints' worship of their Savior.
John 4:24 - "...those who worship God must worship in spirit and in truth."
The heart-mind connection and it's relationship to "spirit" and to "truth."
The connection between genuine worship and the process or elements of worship.
Answering the question, "What role do emotions play in my (or the church's) worship?"
What is the difference between your heart and your head?
In this episode, I discuss the Western view of heart/head vs God's view, as explained in Scripture. The implications of this discussion have a drastic impact on how a local church views "worship" and what kind/type of environment they seek to cultivate for those who attend on Sundays.
What do you expect when you go to the corporate worship gathering? What makes worship "successful" or "unsuccessful"?
I lay out two common presuppositions that Westerners have regarding corporate worship and begin to break down the contrast of man's view of man and God's view of man.
Part 1 - I'll finish up this discussion next week!
What prevents us from pure and unadulterated worship?
Examining the first pitfall that we often fall into in our worship, that of having a divided allegiance.
Don't passively listen; take time to actively evaluate your allegiances.
There are so many expressions of "worship" that it is often hard to get a good working definition for "worship." Often, worshiped is defined by how it makes us feel or how it's supposed to make us feel. In contrast to this, the Bible defines worship in a very specific manner. It is both an attitude and an action - one cannot be present without the other for genuine worship to take place.
Consider carefully this argument and definition, and leave me any comments or questions!
Every man is a "worshipper" - how do we know this from Scripture?
Discussions about worship become derailed because of various definitions of worship and how it is used within the Christian community.
Beginning to examine Jesus' definition of worship...
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My good friend and co-pastor John Fahrbach and I sit down to discuss a Christian perspective on the culture of America; how the culture has changed from objective-based truth to subjective, and, importantly, how Christians can evangelize in a culture that rejects absolutes.
Discussion on why music is often controversial in the local church.
The history of music throughout the Bible and why it is important to God's people.
Key verses that discuss a Christian's responsibility to sing: Col. 3:16, Eph. 5:18-21.
How pastors and worship leaders can cultivate unity in the church through honest conversation and creating a Biblical model of singing.
How saints can contribute to unity by being thankful instead of grumbling.
For many, the return to school brings structure and schedule back to families after a summer of vacations, sleeping in, and "lazing around." Here's a challenge for both parents and students to also get back to a schedule of being disciplined and intentional about spiritual growth and the process of sanctification.
A review of what I (and 9000 others!) have been doing the last 4 days in Nashville, TN.
Much thanks to Keith and Kristyn Getty for their vision to encourage theologically rich congregational singing and their efforts to write hymns that aim for that goal. They have challenged a new (next?) generation of believers to consider the importance of singing hymns, both in corporate worship and in worship in the home.
Our church has worked hard to incorporate these same ideas...
I'm on vacation this week, but I recorded this episode before I left. What the Christian community is witnessing with Joshua Harris' renunciation of Christianity produces both sorrow, frustration, fear, anger, and sadness all at the same time. Mostly, we fear for his soul, for we know that the warning passages in Hebrews indicate that one who has "tasted and seen and experienced the good gift of God" and then falls away cannot return again.
What I intended to record was 15 minutes or so on...