March 29, 2020

In recent weeks we have all been faced with a new reality.  Gatherings of large groups are a "no-no" and will not be occurring for at least the next several weeks, if not the next few months.  In this time period I have become very grateful for the efforts of many to p...

March 3, 2020

I find it very significant that on the last night of His life Jesus talked a lot about joy.  Not exactly the topic you would expect from somebody about to be tortured and killed.  Is that what I would talk about in those circumstances?  I really doubt it.  I find that...

April 13, 2019

In his book "Set Free" Dr. Jack Cottrell addresses a very important issue, assurance of salvation.  He brings up the point that "one of the most important aspects of the Christian life, one that God has promised and that every Christian should possess, seems to be miss...

December 22, 2018

​Perhaps more than any other time of year, Christmas is the time when we think about joy. Whether it is while we sing "Joy to the World", or hear the scriptures declare that the coming of Jesus is "good news of great joy", the possibility and expectation of joy during...

January 30, 2018

The crowd cheered as water gushed from the rock Moses had just struck.  Up until this moment, they had been complaining and were even regretting their decision to leave Egypt.  From an earthly point of view, as soon as the water began to flow, all was well.  By all app...

October 17, 2017

One of the television shows I remember most from my youth was "The Waltons." This series lasted for 10 years from 1971-1981and was about a bygone era in which a family composed of multiple generations living in close proximity is on full display.  Navigating the challe...

June 1, 2017

For this month's blogpost I would like to share an article written by my friend Kent Smith.  Kent is a professor at Abilene Christian University and has been involved in the simple church world for many years. In this article, Kent answers the question, "Can something...

April 30, 2017

 Hi Everybody,

This is a 20 minute presentation that I did at the "Unboxed" conference in Orlando recently.  The title of the presentation is "An Old Vision for New Church".  In this presentation I discuss how our attention has been "stolen" by our current culture.  I t...

March 12, 2017

One of the greatest challenges in the formation of a successful house church is to decide what to do when you gather on Sunday.  In this blogpost I will share what has been very helpful to us in our local group here in Clemson.  Please realize that this is just an exam...

January 22, 2017

The following article is the second in a series entitled "Too Busy to Love".  In part #1, we discussed the many distractions that are robbing our attention, and therefore, limiting our ability to love deeply.  In this article we will briefly explore the extended family...