I have been a part of the United Methodist Church since birth. I grew up in this church. It formed me. It connected me with men and women who shaped me profoundly. And as nearly all Methodists are now aware, I recognize that we stand at a major crossroads as a denomination. There are so … Continue reading Longings for the church that I love: Sharing my heart for the United Methodist Church
Dear Church, you already have everything you need. In this holiday season we are constantly tempted by commercials, billboards and radio advertisements to consider all of the items we are currently lacking in our life. How have you managed to go on living without a blanket with sleeves in your life? This temptation to continually … Continue reading Dear Church, you already have everything you need.
My life remains anything but boring. God is calling me to a new step of faith again. Here's a quick summary of what's happening... For the past year I have been serving full-time with reviveOHIO and helping to equip everyday folks to share the Gospel and make disciples all over Ohio. It has been a … Continue reading Launching something new…
This is a message I shared on the fourth night of a recent reviveOHIO outreach in Logan County, Ohio. It wasn't one of the most light-hearted messages I have ever shared, but I think this is a truth the American church needs to hear. I pray it challenges you as it did me while I … Continue reading Our God is a Consuming Fire
This is a message reflecting on Psalm 51 that I recently shared at a service in Washington Court House, Ohio. Fayette County is getting ready to launch a county-wide outreach with reviveOHIO in March. This was our first community worship gathering to share the vision and prepare our hearts... https://youtu.be/KKC7IZLtnbM
Recently I was reading “Scripture and the Life of God” by David Watson. It’s a short survey on some key questions surrounding the use of the Bible today. It’s especially helpful in emphasizing the way in which Scripture is given for the purpose of transformation and not merely information. One of the discussions that Dr. … Continue reading Divine inspiration and messy human authors: What if even the way we received the Bible points to Jesus?
This is a message I delivered at the first "Come and See" night in Allen County, Ohio on August 27, 2017. It was a night for people in the Lima area to begin to see what God is doing through reviveOHIO in bringing the church together to offer the hope of Christ to the community. … Continue reading Pray. Step. Trust. (Message on Joshua 3)
Here's a message I shared this past Sunday at New Life Christian Center in Celina, Ohio. I really got connected with their pastors and congregation when reviveOHIO came to Mercer County last December. I love how God uses this ministry to unite believers together from different streams but who love Jesus all the same. I … Continue reading Dropping Everything to Go
If you had to sum up the whole Bible in two sentences, what would you say? That’s sort of tough because there is so much in there. But that is sort of the question Jesus’ was asked by a religious guru in his day. In Matthew 22:34-40 an expert in religious law asks Jesus which … Continue reading Love leads to…obedience
Here's a link to my message from Easter morning at Grand Lake Church. It's a reflection on Luke 24:1-12 and one of the women who was the first to see Jesus' empty tomb. Be encouraged...God knows your name... http://www.grandlakechurch.org/sermons/2017/4/16/god-knows-your-name