Photo by Nathan Cowley on Pexels.com Just from reading the title of this one, your immediate reaction may have been, “Wait, I thought God can forgive anyone for anything?!” At least, that is what mine was a few years ago when I heard this. And upon deeper thought, is there really something that God, all-loving … Continue reading The Unforgivable Sin
Sunday, March 20th, was "officially" my one year anniversary at my current church as the associate pastor (or youth pastor, really). And let me tell you-- it's been awesome. There are so many things I could say, so many stories I could tell, so many people I could thank. I keep a certain level of … Continue reading I’ve been a pastor for one year, and here is what I have learned.
Photo by Lukas Rychvalsky on Pexels.com While I sit here and write this, it's Sunday. My wife of a little over 6 months has been gone for a couple days. She went back to her hometown to spend some time with her folks. So, for a couple of days, it's been just me at the … Continue reading God designed us to feel lonely
Photo by icon0.com on Pexels.com Perfection can be a tricky thing. Typically, we love to use the old adage, "Well, God knows I'm not perfect." But as Christians, should we be perfect? Is perfection even something that can be obtained? Does God care when I mess up? How does Jesus tie into this? Let's discuss … Continue reading Are you a perfectionist? Maybe, you should be.
Photo by Nothing Ahead on Pexels.com Salvation is a beautiful thing-- the greatest of all gifts. But the reality of it... that is, at the very least, hard to grasp sometimes. I kept asking myself: what if I forgot something? What if I didn’t say the right things? What if Jesus doesn’t think I … Continue reading Bank Robberies, Salvation, and free gifts
Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com When I was in high school, I ran into this question from non-believers more than just about any. How do you know the Bible is true? Couldn’t it just be made up stories? I am sad to say I never could give a solid answer to this. I had … Continue reading Is the Bible Trustworthy?
Photo by Porapak Apichodilok on Pexels.com I am taking a class on missiology right now, which is literally the study of missions. We've covered all sorts of topics: leadership in missions, the biblical basis for missions, historical missionaries, etc. One of the key principles to understanding missions is that the Gospel is of vital importance … Continue reading “Kids these days” need the Gospel, too
I am a youth pastor. I do many other things at my church, but for the most part, I am the youth pastor. It's really awesome. I did not think originally that my call to ministry would bring me to where I am, but I can assure you that I love it, it's awesome, and … Continue reading The Youth Pastor Chronicles: My 6 Month Review
Photo by John-Mark Smith on Pexels.com It's all happened to us. We have all been in that situation where you are sharing something-- a story, an opinion, or maybe even just a thought. We are a few seconds into our story or whatever. And in the blink of an eye, someone with a brain much … Continue reading [Myth #6] I don’t need to worry about theology. I just need to believe and love others.
This photo borrowed from: https://connectsummitcounty.org/may/ May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And let me tell you, that has taken on a brand new meaning for my family in the last year. I won't rob her of the opportunity to share her own story, but my little sister, Emma, has had a testing bout with mental … Continue reading [Myth #5] Mental health is not a big deal for Christians.