Apostle Paul

Christ Will Not Be Supplemented

Christians are often tempted to search for beliefs and practices that will give them a “deeper experience” of their faith. And, as Qoheleth said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Colossians 2 reminded me of this reality today. According to Colossians 2:16-23, first-century Christians were tempted to add Jewish rituals to Jesus. Consider the passage for yourself, Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon…

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Drinking Together – Reflections on a Common Cup & Racial Reconciliation in the Church

As a father of four, my drinks are constantly being commandeered by a child. No one taught me that this was necessary. It just came with the territory as a parent. We are family. We drink after one another. We do not think twice about it. It is just one of the rhythms of our life together. In the New Testament, the church of Jesus Christ also embraced such familial rhythms. Each week, Christians gathered to partake of the Lord’s…

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Reflections on Four Years of Ordained Pastoral Ministry

While I have been formally ministering in a local church in various capacities for the past 10 years, I have only been serving as an ordained minister for 4 years as of today. What, if anything, can a young man with only 4 years of ordained pastoral ministry experience possibly share with others? In this post, I would like to share some of the things that I have gleaned. People – People are not a distraction from ministry, they are the ministry.…

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Paul’s Priorities in Pastoral Ministry

I cannot write about the priorities of pastoral ministry as one who has decades of ministry experience. So instead of hearing from me, I want you to hear from the apostle Paul regarding the call to ministry that God has placed on your life. There are at least 47 things that Paul would have you to see from 1 and 2 Timothy. The Minister is called… To be Humble and Teachable (1 Timothy 1:2) To be Gospel-Centeredness (1 Timothy 1:3-4) To…

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Identity Thief Targeting Ministers

I have often joked about how sad it would be for an identity thief to steal my identity. It would be sad not because I would lose so much, but because, after all their effort, there wouldn’t be a whole lot to show for it. Stealing the identity of a husband/pastor/student with four small, ever-hungry, ever-growing children might actually evoke sympathy from a thief. But joking aside, I have come to realize that my identity is often targeted as a…

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