When Repetition is a Good Thing

There are many contemporary Christian worship songs that, when used during Sunday service, are put on repeat to the end that they are simply mind-numbing. There is no substance, only emotion. The mind is not being used. It is thrown out the window in the name of an “experience.” Is it inherently wrong to haveContinue reading “When Repetition is a Good Thing”

Acting Like Spiritual 16-Year-Olds

Ponder this illustrative story by my late uncle, Keith Long, in his devotional Room to Grow: Daily Thoughts for Men: “So, how are we going to work this?” I asked John Arrington as he drove to the house where we were to pick up two sisters for a double date. We were both sixteen andContinue reading “Acting Like Spiritual 16-Year-Olds”

Gospel Smugness Now Available

It is with great delight that I announce my first book, Gospel Smugness: Displaying Christlike Character in Evangelism, is officially available to purchase from Amazon! Foreword by Dustin BengeEndorsements from Justin Peters, Justin Huffman, Kofi Adu-Boahen, Don Currin, Dennis Gundersen, and Erik Reed Two years of work into this and it’s finally here! Praising GodContinue reading “Gospel Smugness Now Available”

Let’s Talk About Altar Calls

As the pastor finished his message, low music began to play and he said, “With every head bowed and every eye closed.” The invitation was about to begin. When we all began to pray—or listen to his prayer—my mind was wandering aimlessly like Kevin Malone in the maze Dwight created on The Office. Unfortunately, IContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Altar Calls”

Taking Philippians 3:7 Seriously

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ” (Philippians‬ ‭3:7‬). Think for a moment. What is something you take an immense amount of pride in? Maybe you’re freakishly athletic. Maybe you’re wealthy. Or maybe you’re incredibly smart. It can really be anything. When Paul told the Philippian believers toContinue reading “Taking Philippians 3:7 Seriously”

The Danger of Theological Tribalism

I’m not sure if you’ve seen it, but social media is a cesspool that reeks of tribalism within the Christian church. Though this problem isn’t exclusive to social media, we see the majority of it there. Tribalism is simply an unrelenting loyalty to your specific theological group, so to speak. There is not anything wrongContinue reading “The Danger of Theological Tribalism”

Sometimes Life is Just Inconvenient

A couple weeks ago my family was at our local golf course. There is a kid’s playground there so we were enjoying watching Jovi have the time of her life on it. All of the sudden my wife’s car–that was turned off and locked–decided to sound it’s alarm. It did that three times within theContinue reading “Sometimes Life is Just Inconvenient”