The Lord's Pruning, Sanctification, John 15

Pruned by the Master Gardener

The cold grasp of winter is losing its grip and being overpowered by the warm embrace of spring. My yard has transformed from brown to green, and the eery stillness has morphed into buzzing insects and the smell of freshly-cut grass. Evenings spent near the fireplace have become sunny outings in the garden planting veggies and pulling weeds. Spring is a favorite time of year … Continue reading Pruned by the Master Gardener

Church Discipline, personal story, 9 marks, confronting sin, loving the sinner

What Might Church Discipline Look Like? A Personal Testimony

In a previous post, we looked at the need for the church to engage in church discipline. The Biblical teaching is clear, yet because many churches have abandoned the process, many are unsure of what church discipline really looks like. I thought I would share a personal story that will, hopefully, provide a picture of church discipline and the desired goal. I was 22 when … Continue reading What Might Church Discipline Look Like? A Personal Testimony

Church Discipline, Loving neighbor, fighting sin, community, 9 marks of a healthy church

Loving Our Neighbor Through Church Discipline

Satan is crafty and sin is deceptive. The book of Proverbs teaches that “there is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way to death” (14:12, 16:25). Like putting makeup on a pig, sin disguises itself so we don’t see its true nature. It slowly lures us to its desired end while making sure the dark path looks clean and … Continue reading Loving Our Neighbor Through Church Discipline

7 Evidences of a Spirit-Led Life

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons of God (Romans 8:14). What comes to mind when someone says they are Spirit-led? Your answer will likely depend on your experience and what you’ve been taught. For some, it will conjure up images of some highly emotional experience. Others might imagine a quiet prayer warrior or someone with a servant’s … Continue reading 7 Evidences of a Spirit-Led Life

Pharisee, gospel-centered, evaluation

Have We Become Pharisees? 5 Evaluation Questions

Last year, my family and I enjoyed some vacation time at the beach. After finding a place to put our towels, my oldest son and I jumped into the ocean to go body surfing. Fifteen minutes later, I looked up to find my wife—but nothing on the beach looked familiar. I thought I was still directly in front of her but, without realizing it, I … Continue reading Have We Become Pharisees? 5 Evaluation Questions

a biblical understanding of church membership, 9 marks of a healthy church, why should I join a church?

The Value and Responsibility of Church Membership

According to the Southern Baptists Convention’s website, there are 15,005,638 members of SBC churches in our country. However, weekly attendance is only 5,320,488. If those numbers are correct, then only a third of our members attend church each week. What’s going on with these numbers? While there are many contributing factors, it certainly shows that our view of church membership has diminished. We continue to … Continue reading The Value and Responsibility of Church Membership