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


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


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

What You Are Doing

In the evangelical culture I grew up in, overseas missions held an enviable mystique. Serious and devoted Christians were almost *expected* to become missionaries to some unknown, unreached land. Today, this pressure has shifted to church planting. Perhaps this is because of the technological shrinking of the world or the late realization that the United … Continue reading What You Are Doing

I Must Decrease

Laurie walked by my desk and I said, “It would be a lot easier to plant a church if I could just do it on my own strength and didn’t have to lean on Jesus constantly." She looked confused. "Um... Ok." Establishing a new congregation of believers has been totally beyond me to accomplish. From … Continue reading I Must Decrease