How to Encounter God Through the Bible

Reading the Bible can be difficult! In this video, I share with you how to read the Bible for transformation rather than information. Lectio Divina consists of three steps: 1. Readying your heart, mind, and spirit to encounter God. 2. Reading the passage and looking for the specific word or phrase addressed to you. 3.Continue reading “How to Encounter God Through the Bible”

Pastor… Where’s Your Passion?

This post is based on the book The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch. Hatch outlines the influence of Christianity in the early United States.  I recently had the honor of preaching at an outdoor church service in Garretson, SD. The main point of my message was “Religion without relationship brings destruction.” InContinue reading “Pastor… Where’s Your Passion?”

Your Church NEEDS to Change in Three Ways!

The future is often stuck in a perpetual replay of the past. The events and attitudes of yesterday mold and shape tomorrow. Studying history can be incredibly prophetic in understanding the landscape of the 21st century. One of the books I am reading for seminary is called The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan Hatch. BeforeContinue reading “Your Church NEEDS to Change in Three Ways!”

Why all the denominations?

People are often puzzled by the incredible amount of denominations in Christianity – especially in the United States. Many of these denominations began in the 1800s as people began to apply the principles of democracy and personal freedom to religion. As people exercised what they believed to be God-given reason and logic, it fostered aContinue reading “Why all the denominations?”

Christendom is dead… and it’s a good thing.

The culture around us is descending into ruin and decay. The values once embraced by the elite and common people are being crushed under the veil of progress. Morality is fading into a subtle gray as the world refers to evil as good and celebrates it. It is easy to lose hope. But we don’t haveContinue reading “Christendom is dead… and it’s a good thing.”

We have authority issues…

I LOVE history. One of the things I find incredible about studying history is the direct relevance it has on our lives today. I’m currently reading a book called The Democratization of American Christianity. The book explores 19th century Christianity in the early United States. It has given me amazing insight into why we actContinue reading “We have authority issues…”

Three Destructive Ways YOU Label People

One of the profound nuances of Flannery O’Connor‘s writing is the way she labels characters. Through the perspective of one of the main characters, the other people are identified by their skin color or economic condition. Repeatedly in her stories, people are simply known as “white trash” or “negro.” Rather than doing this to belittle people,Continue reading “Three Destructive Ways YOU Label People”