When Trusting in God Means Putting Faith in My Husband

When Trusting in God Means Putting Faith in My Husband

Husband: "What if I feel like God is calling us to plant a church?" Wife: Stares into space, pretending not to hear. Just over a year prior to this "conversation," we had picked up and moved ourselves and our 3-year-old and 2-year-old from Texas to Georgia, which was basically a completely different planet for this native Texan. … [Read more...]

Sex Is Killing Our Kids

Sex Is Killing Our Kids

A few weeks ago I met with a group of Christian college students to speak on the topic of Sexual Atheism. Yes, you read that correctly. Sexual Atheism—there is such a thing—and it is most prevalent among Christian college students. Sexual Atheists on the outside look a lot like Christians. They go to church, read their Bible regularly, listen to Christian music, … [Read more...]

7 Ways Married Couples Can Serve Singles in the Church

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With singles now comprising over half of the American population, many of you probably have some really good friends who are single. And if you spend any time talking to them, you’ll hear them lament that they struggle to find their place in the local church. If you think about it, so much of what takes place in church life is geared towards married couples and families. … [Read more...]

Sunday Mornings Matter

The Power of You and Your Spouse’s ‘Hello’

If you and your spouse are comfortably integrated into a church home, let me be the first to say, “Congratulations!” Now this letter is for you: There is a group of us who haven’t found our church home yet. We lay in bed on Saturday nights, and we go back and forth with our spouse on which church we should attend the following morning. Sunday mornings are not an oasis … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Young Pastor

Confessions of a Young Pastor

I am a young pastor, 34-years-old, first church (though I would love to stay here a lifetime). Seven years have passed as pastor, and I have been loved well by my faith family. Sometimes—actually, almost every time—the acts of love most meaningful to my wife, Cole, and I were those which people most underestimated. Here are three acts of love which we’ve observed and from which … [Read more...]

Serving Together Has Brought Us Closer Together

Serving Together Has Brought Us Closer Together

It was a day I would not soon forget. Tensions were raised, emotions ran high—but not in the manner you would expect. My wife and I had been married for almost a year, and on this particular day, we were setting up for the annual church Easter “Eggstravaganza.” The only problem was that it was cold, it was rainy, and there was not a single reinforcement in sight; it was … [Read more...]