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)
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
The last few months have flipped my world upside down. Things will never be the same. Starting this past fall God began stirring something up inside me unlike anything I have ever experienced. Along with a couple other pastors from our church, in September I went to a conference in Tennessee that shook me up. It forced … Continue reading My World Flipped Upside Down
Here is my sermon from last Sunday as we continue to work our way through the book of Acts at Grand Lake Church. At the beginning I made a few comments about the election...take a listen... http://www.grandlakechurch.org/sermons/2016/10/9/all-are-called
Grand Lake Church: I don't often try to push my sermons on you if you missed worship, but if you missed last Sunday I would really encourage you to take a listen... http://www.grandlakechurch.org/sermons/2016/9/25/radical-community Tomorrow we'll see how the story continues...