Why Baptism Is Way More Than Just Getting Wet


“By this action [i.e., baptism] you died and you were born, and for you the saving water was at once a grave and the womb of a mother.” – Cyril of Jerusalem, 4th c. It is far more than a symbol. It might even be said it’s more than a sacrament (an outward sign of […]

DeShawn To The Rescue

I asked DeShawn if I might get his picture but he was a bit skittish about that… very humble dude…

    Feeling moved to give a witness. Quite recently I was stuck in my wheelchair for 4 1/2 hours. No, not in my yard as per usual, but in my house. A faulty motor kept me in a full tilt position preventing me from forward motion, everything vital to my daily needs well out […]

A Prayer That Dares


A mega-church pastor in England prayed this before his congregation in the waning years of the 19th century. I’m wondering…could today’s church make this same appeal across denominational lines, corporately, passionately – in unity – and with a straight face and common goal? Are we where Spurgeon was for the church of his time? Is […]

Week In Pictures


Because God created the Natural—invented it out of his love and artistry—it demands our reverence. – C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock I worship the God of: Subtle intricacy. Perfect harmony. Artisanal audacity.

5 (Kingdom) Reflections On The 4th of July

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Photo Courtesy: Jeff Sinin Photography

Please hear me out. And don’t think you’re hearing me say what I’m not saying. I’m not saying I’m against celebrating the birth of our country I’m not saying it’s wrong for Christians to self-classify as being American I’m not saying the flag shouldn’t be displayed somewhere on your church property I’m not saying we […]

Dark Enough


  Romans 13:11-14 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on […]

11 in 11


Meet Wesley.  About three years ago, as I was seeing our young guys’ community group grow, I kept hearing about this Wesley kid who was on something called “The World Race” and had contracted malaria and was in desperate need of our prayer. Lo and behold, Wesley recovered, returned home after his 11-month stint across […]