Is Your Church a Swamp or a River?

This past Sunday I had the honor of teaching through John 17:6-19 at Renovation Church. This is the most powerful, beautiful, and magnificent prayers ever recorded in human history for it is prayed by God Himself – the Lord Jesus Christ. The last question I challenged my congregation to consider was this: Q: Am IContinue reading “Is Your Church a Swamp or a River?”

Real Discipleship: Word-Centered, Jesus-Sustained, Mission-Focused

This past Sunday I had the honor of teaching through John 17:6-19 at Renovation Church. John 17 is known as Jesus’ “High Priestly Prayer.” It is the most remarkable, beautiful, and powerful prayer ever recorded in all of human history since it was prayed by God Himself. This is the second week of John 17.Continue reading “Real Discipleship: Word-Centered, Jesus-Sustained, Mission-Focused”

THANK YOU To Those Who Support Renovation Church!

If you have given to Renovation Church in the past year, you will receive this with your Giving Statement which will be mailed out in early January. Nevertheless, I wanted to share the letter here as well. If you feel led to give to Renovation Church, you can do so in two ways: 1. Online:Continue reading “THANK YOU To Those Who Support Renovation Church!”

The Significance of Singleness

I had the honor of sitting down with Dr. Christina Hitchcock who is a theology professor at the University of Sioux Falls. We spent the bulk of our conversation discussing her recent book – The Significance of Singleness. Among many other things, we talk about the American church’s idolatry of sex/marriage, the need for valuingContinue reading “The Significance of Singleness”

The Danger of “Casting Vision”

At a large church conference I attended a few years ago, one of the megachurch pastors explained to the audience the importance of vision. As a means of discerning who should be on staff, he explained that he will invite his staff members over to his home for leadership training and will purposely keep themContinue reading “The Danger of “Casting Vision””

Q: Doesn’t every passage in the Bible have multiple different interpretations?

Happy Monday everyone! I just finished recording a short video seeking to answer the question – “Doesn’t every passage in the Bible have multiple different interpretations?” This is a super common question that I get asked regularly as a pastor. I pray the video below helps you understand the Bible a little better and ultimatelyContinue reading “Q: Doesn’t every passage in the Bible have multiple different interpretations?”

Why I Do Not Preach “Attractional” Sermon Series

(Some of you (especially pastors) are already mad at me because of the title. That’s okay. Read the post and then leave a comment telling me why I am wrong so we can enter into a conversation on this!) The vast majority of churches similar to Renovation Church (i.e. contemporary & outward focused) fill theirContinue reading “Why I Do Not Preach “Attractional” Sermon Series”