The Best Gift to Give Your Pastor

Prayer. The best gift to give your pastor is prayer. Leonard Ravenhill said, “The pastor who is not praying is playing and the people who are not praying are straying.”   As October is “Pastor Appreciation Month,” and I’m in the midst of preparing for my new ministry as lead pastor of Brushy Creek Baptist Church, Taylors, SC, quite a more »

Sermon Notes: Passing the Torch While Keeping it Burning (Revelation 2:1-7)

  Revelation 1:12-13, 20   A. Remember Revelation 2:5a   B. Repent Revelation 2:5a   C. Repeat Revelation 2:5a   Stay Passionately in Love with and Focused On the Person of Jesus Christ John 8:12   Always stand on “Just sayeth the Lord.” Psalm 119:105   Make soul-winning a beautiful obsession. 2 Corinthians 4:4   Take strong moral stands. John more »

My Personal Reflections On Meeting with Trump Leadership at the White House

* If this article interests you, you may also be interested in reading my article, “My Personal Reflections On the Trump Meeting Today” from June 2016.   Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go to a fantastic meeting at the White House with fellow millennial leaders from around the country. I’m so grateful for the opportunity! A big thank you more »

Sermon Notes: Being A Missionary Wherever God Puts You (Acts 1:8)

Howard Hendricks “The greatest threat to Christianity is not Communism or Atheism; it’s Christians trying to get into Heaven incognito without being involved in sharing their faith with others, or serving the Lord with their whole hearts.”   1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.   more »

How to Navigate Social Media When Moving from One Pastorate to Another

Here on the blog, I am engaging in a four-week series about pastoral transition. In many ways, this series will help me to think through my personal transition, and I hope it helps others along the way.   Here’s what we’ll learn together:   How to Navigate Social Media When Moving from One Pastorate to Another 7 Things to Remember more »

We Are Moving to South Carolina

Bittersweet. That’s the only word to describe how Charity and I are feeling.   On one hand, we are so saddened to say goodbye to our loved ones at Church of the Highlands and the greater Tennessee Valley/North Georgia. We’ve been all in here, invested spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially, and relationally. The rivers of sweat equity have heavily flowed from more »

4 Keys to Overcoming Procrastination

This article is posting on a Monday. A fresh week is before you. Tasks are waiting to be accomplished.   It can be tempting to put off stuff that has to be done. Procrastination is easy. How do you overcome it? Here are four keys:   Awaken earlier.   The early mornings are my best times of knocking out tasks. more »

Sermon: Courage (1 Kings 16:31-17:1)

Leaders are people who set out on a journey and take others with them.   AHAB   1 Kings 16:29, In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years.   1 Kings 16:30, Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of more »

Sermon: Biblical Leadership (1 Timothy 5:17-25)

Biblical Leadership 1 Timothy 5:17–25   1 Timothy 3:15a if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God,   I. Leaders Who Serve Well and Are Held in Honor (vv. 17–18)   1 Timothy 5:17–18 says, 17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy more »

5 Practical Ways to Grow Your Vocabulary

I love words. Molding them, fitting them into eloquent sentences, and using them as ingredients in a recipe of grammatical combinations results in healthy, fascinating, and intriguing conversation.   The Economist released a study on the size of vocabularies, and here is what they found:   Most adult native test-takers range from 20,000–35,000 words Average native test-takers of age 8 more »