Jesus and Politics

This Sunday, October 2nd, I am starting a new series on Jesus and Politics. This series is an attempt to insert a Biblical voice into the current political narrative around key issues. This series is not going to intentionally endorse a candidate, position or party. However, Christians should know what their faith teaches about current…

The Death of Vision (Statements)

We don’t have a vision a statement. Crazy. I know. When I was a student pastor in the late 90’s I read the book, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry. I grew up going to an Episcopal church that didn’t have much of a youth ministry. So I didn’t have a clue how to do youth ministry….

Three Types of Church Leavers

David Kinnamen wrote a very important book called, You Lost Me. In his book he points out that there are three different types of people who have left the church. He categorizes the group of leavers into three groups: nomads, prodigals and exiles.[i] Kinnamen’s research describes the prodigal’s movement away from faith as a hard…

I Love Jesus but Not His Girlfriend

Maybe the best way to start this is to explain the title you have curiously clicked on. So I just finished (not yet published) a book called, “I love Jesus but Hate His Girlfriend.” Let me start by putting your mind at ease that this is not a Jesus conspiracy theory. Jesus didn’t date Mary…

First 100 Days

  President Franklin Roosevelt established the importance of a president’s first 100 days. FDR believed the activity and relationships the president accomplished in the first 100 days were a gauge for measuring the rest of his presidency. Since the FDR administration the press has paid special attention to every president’s first 100 days. A pastor’s…

The Submissive Wife

  18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. We live in culture that is opposed to the Biblical concept of the submissive wife. Usually people justify their objection to the submissive wife by saying the Bible was written during a time when women like being submissive. I guess people who want…

Apologetic Preaching

I once heard one of my favorite preachers, Louie Giglio say, “preaching is a craft.” What he meant was we should not all sound like whoever is famous at the time. I think it was Rick Warren back then, now it would be Matt Chandler. Anyways, it’s a good point that young preachers should spend…

Don’t Wish Me Luck

“Luck is for suckers.” – Orphan Annie   I recently experienced a life change and, what may be common for most us, well-meaning friends would often wish me luck. In fact, I can’t think of a time in my life when I have been wished more luck. Being from the South I have a special…

A Better Reason to Love

3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.   Paul is excited about the growth of the…

Werley Steamboat Springs Update (Week 1)

On Thursday, February 11th, 2016 the Werley family arrived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado! It took three full days of driving from Houston with our two u-hauls, a trailer and a packed 8 passenger SUV! Sitting behind the wheel of my 26 foot rig driving through the desolate dry land of West Texas I had a lot…

God at Work

 I’m in the Northern region (Rioacha) of Colombia on a mission trip to the Wayuu people group. The Wayuu were classified as unreached a few years ago and have recently moved to reach status. But there are still 10’s of 1000’s who have never heard the gospel. 10’s of 1000’s who’ve never heard of Jesus!…

555 Days of Alyssa

On April 29th we adopted sweet Alyssa Werley. Last night we hosted a Gotcha Party celebrating her adoption. It was a great night. We prepared the slide show below for the party. If you missed it, you can watch the video here. We are so grateful God has entrusted this sweet girl into our care. It’s…