Begin the journey...
Continue the journey…

In a scene reminiscent of Paul and Barnabas and the church at Antioch, the pastors and then the Board of Deacons of New Covenant Community Church gathered around me to lay hands on me to pray for and commission me to a new work.

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:1-3

While I look with anticipation to the start of my new ministry and becoming a part of a new church family, I am saddened by the fact that I am leaving my existing church family. It is a truly bittersweet time.

Continue Reading…

Begin the journey…

Throughout the process with both the Search Committee and the Elder Board of Community Christian Fellowship of Siloam Springs, AR, I kept reminding them that, while I was honored and humbled to be a part of the process, I realized that I probably didn’t possess the pedigree or the experience of some of the other candidates. I shared with them that I would completely understand if they wanted to pass on me.

Continue Reading…


For years, people have shared with me that I should be a Senior Pastor. I have always been appreciative of their sentiments, but looked at them as an expression of their appreciation of my teaching ministry rather than the voice of God. I would thank these dear, kind people, and typically say something like, “When God tells me that’s what I’m supposed to do, then that’s what I’ll do.”

Then, men who have known me in ministry – godly men who know me and whom I respect – began to say the same thing. They encouraged me to consider being a Lead/Senior Pastor or a church planter. Continue Reading…

Word Series: Calling

June 5, 2012 — 1 Comment


Calling… It’s a words that gets tossed around in Christian circles. Sometimes a lot. “Calling” can mean different things to different people and applies in different ways depending on the context. Yikes! So how do we make sense of it all?

Continue Reading…


I don’t remember my birth. I was pretty young, after all. If my birth was anything like the birth of my children, it was a noisy, messy, joyous, and awe-inspriing event.

I do remember my second birth, however. It was July 10, 1979. Continue Reading…

Empty Promises
I just finished reading Pete Wilson’s new book, Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing.

Pete’s book is much like the messages he gives in his church: easy to understand, full of illustrations, and very practical. The publisher describes the book this way:

Continue Reading…

When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.” (1 Cor. 13:11, CEV)

As a younger man, I tended to think in terms of “either” and “or.” Things and ideas were typically pushed things into one of two camps:

Camp 1: things and ideas I liked/agreed with/wanted to do
Camp 2: things and ideas I disliked/disagreed with/didn’t want to do

Continue Reading…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. David Chambers is a biblical archeologist of some fame and held in high regard by his peers. But what began as an effort to prove authenticity of the biblical narrative has become a burden. Angry at a father who was too busy to attend his mother’s death bed, and years later abandoned by the love of his life, Chambers has grown disenchanted, unbelieving and is ready to toss expertise aside to pursue a new field of study. That changes when his old mentor and one of the few men he respects calls and persuades him to make one more dig – one that would bring great wealth to everyone involved. Using his specialized knowledge in ancient tunnels beneath Jerusalem and the enigmatic message of the Copper Scroll, Chambers undertakes what he assumes will be his last research trip in the Holy Land.

Continue Reading…

Book Review: Behemoth

March 27, 2012 — 1 Comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behemoth begins on a game reserve in Kenya where the game warden, Jim Thompson, finds a cape buffalo and three bull elephants gored to death. The animal that did it is unlike anything they know and, when checking the prints left behind, the animal is identified as a distinct relative of a triceratops. In another part of the world, after being dismissed from his university for his creationist beliefs, Professor Stephen Gregory begins an AFrican safari for an animal believed to be extinct (until now)… an Apatasauraus.

Continue Reading…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a good time reading The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo. In a nutshell, the book spans about 3,000 years and focuses on a group of immortal Jews who are seeking God’s forgiveness from their sin of rebellion by worshipping the calf at Sinai by killing bad guys throughout history.

Continue Reading…