Showing posts from February, 2020

BOOK REVIEW – Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very short book and a quick read, but don't be deceived. Your toes will be stepped on! I think DeYoung does a great job of blending scientific research, biblical principles, and anecdotes to make his case.

I think we are all too busy for our own good. But I appreciate (and am attacked by) the fact that he points out: maybe it's not that we're too busy, maybe we're just busy with the wrong things. In today's world it's so easy to waste away our time on social media, YouTube, or Netflix and feel like we've actually accomplished something. We waste time at work scrolling through our Twitter feed and then we spend time at home catching up on work emails.

No matter what your walk of life - whether you're a stay-at-home parent, a CEO, a pastor, or a plumber - this book is bound to punch you in the gut but also offer hope. DeYoung addresses com…

Women Should Learn (and So Should Men)

Our church is getting ready to make the "radical" move to incorporate female leaders in our ministries and worship assembly. I know, I know... you may be thinking It's 2020, and it's about time!

But for a lot of people this is one of the defining characteristics of what makes a church a "Church of Christ." We're the church that doesn't use instruments and doesn't allow women to lead. But that is slowly changing, and I do mean slowly.

Sure, some of the larger churches of Christ around the US have already started using instrumentation in their worship services and allowing the voices of women to be featured. But those are not the majority. It's still very rare for a church of our size and location (smaller, rural church) to make that kind of move.

So why did we do it? Why rock the boat?

We believe that it is the right thing to do in order to more fully become the Kingdom of God as those living in the New Creation. It's not a gimmick to at…

JESUS ASKED: You Don't Want To Leave, Too, Do You?

There are people who hear my story and wonder, "How are you still in church? How are you still a Christian? Most people would have walked away and never looked back."

If you know my (and my wife's) story, then you know what I'm talking about. If not, that's not for today. Suffice it to say that there was a point in our lives when we were hurt by the people we looked up to the most. When we need them, our friends turned their backs on us and adults in the church talked crap about us. They made it painfully obvious that we weren't welcome.

It would have been so easy to give up. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if there were some of my friends who, seeing the way we were treated, walked away from the church knowing that we were just one more example of judgment and condemnation where there should have been mercy and grace.

But we didn't leave. We never left.

The reality is that people are leaving the church. They are walking out the doors and never comi…

Women of Faith

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35
A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. 1 Timothy 2:11-15 
These are not simply rules of attitudes and behaviors to control women. These are virtues that are to be embraced by all God’s people.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what…