July 12, 2020

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.” Genesis 7:11-12, NIV...

July 4, 2020

“Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, for He did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:17, ESV

When I was a young boy, I had a habit of letting the water run while brushing my teeth. I...

May 12, 2020

What is your favorite “Momma’s Meal”? That meal only your mother can cook. The one you request whenever the opportunity presents itself. The one no one else can match. The one that makes you want to shout, dance, and clap your hands. Can you smell it? Can you taste it?...

December 25, 2019

It was an untimely and unlikely baby shower. Untimely, because neither of them should be pregnant. Unlikely, because neither of them could be pregnant. Yet, somehow, this providential rendezvous defies all assumptions. Although each occupies a separate end of the age c...

October 13, 2018

I believe parents play an integral role in the spiritual development of their children. I believe this in part because of my personal experience. My parents were intentional about teaching my sisters and me about the Lord, His love, His Word, and His will for our lives...

July 10, 2018

For a long time, I thought the word blogging sounded funny. I had no intentions of starting a blog or becoming a blogger. Then, I read a book by Rodlie Ortiz that changed my mind about the value in blogging (but, I still think the word sounds funny).

The book is ca...

March 26, 2018

John Maxwell’s Developing the Leader within You is a foundational resource for emerging leaders. As a new, young pastor, I found Maxwell’s leadership principles to be both intellectually stimulating and practically accessible, capable of serving as a framework for imme...

March 14, 2018

Pastors serve people. People, by nature, are complex and full of intricacies. As an emerging leader and maturing pastor, I am learning to study people. In only 10 months of senior pastoring, I am delighted to announce that I have discovered the secret to straightening...

January 25, 2018

When is the last time you dreamed big?

I'm reading a book called "How Google Works" by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenburg. The forward is written by Google Cofounder and CEO, Larry Page.

Commenting on the idea of Creative Innovation, Page says, 

"Over time I've learned,...

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