Sermon Notes: Gabriel: Jesus is the Son of God (Luke 1:35, 2:49)

Gabriel: Jesus is the Son of God Luke 1:35; 2:49 Luke 1:35 says, And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. Jesus is, indeed, the Son of God. How does that apply to more »

Sermon Notes: Anna – Jesus is the Redeemer (Luke 2:36-38)

Anna: Jesus is the Redeemer Luke 2:36–38   Luke 2:36–38 says, 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from more »

A Practical Checklist for Pastors to Leave A Church Well

This past Sunday, I concluded my tenure as lead pastor of Church of the Highlands in Chattanooga, TN. I worked hard to leave the church well, and a key to it was following the checklist I developed.   If you’re about to leave a church, I hope this practical checklist will help you to do it with excellence:   Write more »

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 »