Three Exhortations to Remember in Times of Suffering

I've been thinking a lot about suffering lately, mostly because current events surrounding COVID-19 seem to have brought suffering to the forefront of the news even moreso than usual. I am not personally suffering right now, but I do spend a lot of time worrying about potential suffering. So, of course, when all this virus…

On Killing Sin: Three Major Areas of Unbelief

There are certain life events that reveal to us if we really believe what we say we believe. At eight months pregnant, I can say that the prospect of having a baby has definitely been an occasion for such reflection. My due date is quickly approaching, and with it, my anxiety has increased. I'm afraid…

Bust the Peer Bubble in Your Church

I recently wrote about why it is important for believers to be in community with believers of different generations and life stages. The article, because it was for a pastors' blog, was geared towards how church leaders can facilitate multi-life-stage discipleship among church members. But that is only half of the conversation. Though pastors should…

How to react when someone confesses their sin to you

Recently, I wrote about why I think it's important to confess our sins to fellow believers. In that piece, I only considered one side of that paradigm: that of the confessor. But there is a second piece that is equally important: What is an appropriate response when someone confesses their sin to us? We have…

Why do we need to confess our sin to others?

I recently finished reading If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free. You can read my review of it here but suffice it to say that it's a good book and you should read it. One thing about the book that has stayed with me is the idea of confessing sin to…

Three Misunderstandings about the Church that Muddle the Mission

Growing up, I was at church almost every time the doors were open: Sunday morning, most Sunday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and special events. Unless I was sick, my parents rarely let me miss church. For the most part, I actually wanted to be at church every time I was there. But, there were some Sundays…

A Thank You to Pastors (And an Encouragement to Their Members)

Life has been full of changes for us in the last year and lately I've been reflecting on the Lord's faithfulness in our lives: helping us feel at home in Houston, giving us a church and friends, and simply helping us to like where we are and what we are doing. But I've also been…

The Best Decision is the One You Make With Counsel

Five years ago, I was working full-time and heavily involved in a church plant in my hometown. I was also considering leaving that job and that church so I could move to North Carolina to attend seminary. As I worked through that decision, I can count on one hand the number of people I told…

Contextualization Can Be Risky Business

The opening scene of the movie, The African Queen, depicts a white missionary couple leading a worship service for residents of an African village. If you've seen the movie, you may or may not have noticed the oddities about this scene. This worship service takes place in a building, the music is being led by…

One Thing You Can’t Stop Doing When You Share the Gospel

If you have studied missions history, you know that Hudson Taylor was a successful missionary in China, one many modern-day missionaries seek to emulate. While Taylor certainly did not do everything right, what distinguished him from his contemporaries was his immersion in the Chinese culture to which he was sharing the gospel. He dressed in…