The Next 500 Years

Tuesday marked the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. It was the seminal act that sparked the Protestant Reformation, a movement that recovered the biblical Gospel; the good news that salvation is received by grace alone through faith alone. Last Sunday, a group from … Continue reading The Next 500 Years

Good and Pleasant

Behold, how good and pleasant it iswhen brothers dwell in unity! ––Psalm 133:1Last week, after a few hundred torch-wielding racists dominated the headlines, a friend texted me, "Just thought of you and Laurie. Do you think we should have a community prayer gathering?" It was a great idea. My wheels started spinning.I shot off a … Continue reading Good and Pleasant

Preview Worship

This weekend, we will hold our third Preview Service and Cookout at Southern Methodist College. Worship has been such a blessing! Our musicians have led us in joyful praise, and we have been celebrating the Lord's Supper. I am preaching a series of sermons entitled, "The Gospel Alone," which covers Faith, Christ, Grace, Scripture, and God's Glory. We've averaged 60 people in attendance … Continue reading Preview Worship

#OneHellOfANight

There was a party at the frat house two doors down over the weekend, and this morning our street was littered with dozens of these tiny square flyers. They are topped by a trinity of attractive women in suggestive poses inviting college students to #OneHellOfANight at Club Indulgence. As I collected the trash, my temperature … Continue reading #OneHellOfANight

Interruptions

One of the privileges of serving in ministry full time is being able to respond to interruptions that come up during the course of the day. As I've shared before, “Ministry is in the interruptions.” A few weeks ago, I was getting ready to head to my office to prepare a Bible study when Laurie stopped me. “M … Continue reading Interruptions

Plant Team

Phoebe, Prisca and Aquila, Epaenetus, Mary, Andronicus and Junia, Ampliatus, Urbanus, Stachys, Apelles, Aristobulus, Herodion, Narcissus, Tryphaena, Tryphosa, Persis, Rufus and his mother, Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas. These are the people Paul greets as he wraps up his letter to the church in Rome. Honestly, I … Continue reading Plant Team

Cultural Hostility

When God calls us into cross-cultural relationships for the sake of advancing his kingdom, there are times when our well-intentioned words and actions will be taken offensively. It feels like bumping into an invisible electric fence. This happened early on in our ministry here in Orangeburg. I was developing a relationship with a black businessman … Continue reading Cultural Hostility