Disclaimer: A lot of days I feel like I stink as a parent. I regularly have regrets about things I do or don't do as a dad. So the following is not coming from a place of trumpeting success. Rather, it's really just celebrating the grace of God that showed up and helped me to … Continue reading The best parenting decision I ever made
Over on the Spirit & Truth website I am starting to publish a series of reflections on my time in Nairobi, Kenya. I will also share some more personal reflections here, but I wanted to link to these articles because they share much of my heart for the church in America as I return home … Continue reading Lessons from the African Church (Part 1)
In March 2019 the ministry I help to lead, Spirit & Truth, held our first ever conference in Dayton, Ohio. Here is the talk I delivered to close out the conference where I share a little bit of my heart for the Methodist Church and talk about "Holy Fire." https://youtu.be/HtLWx1uFwxs
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)