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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Pastor, Testify to God’s Saving Desire for All Nations

The following blog post is an excerpt from a book I am working on for Rainer Publishing: 1 Timothy 2:3-7 – 3 This is good and pleasing in the sight of the Savior, our God, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to an experiential knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony…

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What We MUST Have in Order to Worship God

Yesterday morning at First Baptist Church of Camden in Arkansas, I preached on three of the ministries of the church. The sermon ended with reflections on the ministry of worship and what believers must have in order to worship God. It is a strong corrective to my personal tendencies to “require” my preferences in corporate worship. I pray that God would use it to both challenge and encourage you in your daily worship of God in Christ.   If you are…

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Theology Thursday – Embracing the Wounded God

This reflection upon the suffering of Christ comes from D.A. Carson’s book, How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil: For Christians who see in the cross the most sublime expression both of God’s justice and his love, the cross is immensely reassuring. It was a sacrifice offered once for all time (Heb. 10:12); Christ, having died once, dies no more, and in that sense no longer participates in the sufferings of the cross. But that does not negate the…

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