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Pastoral Leadership

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Mk. 10:45) As believers we have a great advantage in learning to lead. Whether it be in the context of friendship, family or the workplace God reveals the wisest way to…

Bethel, Jen Johnson and Banning Liebscher

Last weekend my buddy Justin Rizzo and I did a Friday evening of teaching and worship in Danville, CA with East Bay Prayer Furnace and East Bay Four Square Church (http://eastbayfoursquare.com). There is a very unique relationship between the senior pastor of the church and Jim Stillwell who is the director of the prayer furnace….

Believers Part 3: Legalism

Our grammar lesson today will be looking into the word legalism. I want to briefly intro our lesson today with the topic of grace. Legalism and grace can look very similar and on account of this the subject of God’s grace has become one of the most undermined subjects in the church. For the majority of…

The Evidence of Eternal Rewards

As many of these posts will show, I have very intriguing and challenging questions that come up during my classes sometimes. Many times I will have opposition from a student on a topic that I have never been strongly challenged on before. One such incident occurred this week and it stirred me to write down…

The Stare

While I was teaching today I was gripped afresh by the power of our gaze. For many years now I have asked the Lord through prayer and study to be one of wisdom in this hour. I desire to be a Daniel 11:33 man in the midst of humanity in the coming days. This verse…

Believers Part 2

I am continuing my series on Believers here in part 2. If you have not read part 1 then I encourage you to go read that post first so that you can get a good idea as to where we are going in this series. My hope behind this topic is that it will give many of…

Believers Part 1

I am beginning a new series of posts today that I am titling Believers. Enjoy. Being a believer in God has become a normal assertion among individuals in the West. Growing up in the southern part of the United States and having traveled to dozens of churches from coast to coast I have become acutely aware…

Weakness is not Weakness

Here in about 45 mins I will be walking in to teach the final class for our Onething Internship (ihopkc.org/onethinginternship). They will graduate on Sunday and many of them will be leaving to go back to their hometowns where old lifestyles and familiar faces await. Knowing this, I can’t help but want to call them…

Akiva and the Hunt

This last weekend my buddy, Wes Martin, and I made a last minute trip to Illinois to do some construction work and a little bit of deer hunting on the side. His parents have a big remodel project going so we cruised over to help knock out as much as we could in a couple…