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 »

Sermon: The Biblical Concept of Compassion

The Biblical Concept of Compassion  1 Timothy 5:1–16   Deuteronomy 10:18, He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.   Psalm 68:4–5a, 4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him! 5 Father more »

The Cost of Writing A Sermon by Justin Trapp

Today, I welcome Justin Trapp as my guest writer. Justin is a leader, entrepreneur, and founder of You can learn more about Justin at Every week, pastors research, study, write, and deliver a sermon to their congregation. Every week. Then, just mere hours after they finish this process, they begin writing a new sermon for the very next more »

10 Simple Action Steps to See Church Growth This Fall

School starts in most communities really soon. This means church growth season is nigh upon us. People will soon be back from summer vacations and longer weekend getaways to get back into the routine of life. What I’m proposing below is far from groundbreaking. If you’re the type of person to read a blog post about church growth, you know more »