A few years ago, I visited a neighboring church on a Wednesday night and heard a particularly riveting sermon on the doctrine of sin and human inability. Years later, that night has remained vivid in … [Read more...] about 5 Ways Adoption Can Grow Your Church
“God never gives you more than you can handle, son,” the old man said matter-of-factly as he stepped up into his diesel truck. In my sin, I quickly wondered if the flood had claimed his home too. In … [Read more...] about Home.
“How fast is it rising?” I asked a stranger in an obvious panic. Normally, neighbors don’t congregate in the street unless it’s the Fourth of July. But today we weren’t gazing at the sky. Every eye … [Read more...] about Washed Away.
Dear Madam, My name is Obbie. You don’t know me but I’m a youth pastor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I work with kids and I love my job. Getting to watch children grow up into adulthood is one of the … [Read more...] about LETTER TO A STRANGER.
For there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. -1 Corinthians 11:19 Believe it or not, marriage is not an end unto itself. It’s not about us. … [Read more...] about Homosexual Sin and Heterosexual Sin
Growing up, I had three best friends: Andrew, Zach, and Ryan. We all shared the same homeroom. And we all lived in the same neighborhood across from our elementary school. Andrew lived one block away. … [Read more...] about Should Moms Work Outside the Home?
You know what they say about old habits? They die hard. And they never die harder than in a church. But to be fair, it’s not just a church problem. It’s a human problem. Change can be scary. That’s … [Read more...] about Divided We Fall.
There’s an old Baptist church that sits just off the main drag of my hometown in Kentucky. On most days it’s nothing more than a daycare with an empty parking lot and a sign that no one reads. On a … [Read more...] about Brothers.
“I’m ready to leave,” he said in a mix of sweat and tears. Usually people say that on the way out. That was his opening line. Wherever he’d come from, he’d been outside. Unfortunately it was hotter … [Read more...] about The Modern Prodigal: A Short Story of Addiction, Adultery, and a Long Road Home.
Eleven years ago, my father and I had an argument. I remember it well. It was springtime. The weather was warm, and the windows were down as we drove home from my grandma’s house in his old F-150 … [Read more...] about HEROES.