Many pastors struggle with the question, “Why is the church that I pastor not growing?” This is especially the case in churches under 200 in weekly attendance (Nearly 70% of Protestant churches in America). The answers are NOT: a lack of desire, lack of prayer, lack of love, lack of facility or lack of technology. […]Read more "8 Reasons Most Churches Never Break the 200 Attendance Mark"
So excited about this week’s message at VALLEY Christian Church, “7 Habits for Spiritual Health“. It’s part of our “TRANSFORMED” series. Click on the highlighted link to see the bumper and to learn more. I hope to see you this Sunday at 8:30, 10:15 or 12:00! Here’s a brief overview from last week “Setting Personal […]Read more "Ready 2 TRANSFORM?"
Today is an important day, shedding light on the ongoing problem of slavery and human trafficking around the world. Did you know there are currently 27 million slaves TODAY globally? Watch the video below and learn more HERE and HERE. Are you in it to End It?Read more "In It To End It"
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Pastor & Theologian “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill […]Read more "Salt and Light?"
Last Sunday, at VALLEY Christian Church, I taught on the story of Gideon from Judges 6 & 7. It’s an amazing story where God gives Gideon’s army the victory despite being outnumbered 450 to 1! Gideon was victorious even though he had an Underdog mentality that said, “The Odds Are Against Me”. The climax of […]Read more "Monkey See, Monkey Do"
Really excited about another Marriage Matters gathering tonight at VALLEY Christian Church. This time, we’ve fielded questions for the last week or so online and my wife, Susie and I, are prepping Biblical and practical answers both from our own 23 years of marriage as well as two decades of pastoring. Here’s a sample of […]Read more "Marriage Q&A"
Read this by Jon Acuff and thought it was definitely worth sharing! “Lately I’ve been thinking about a few simple things. Lately as the volume of things turned up, there’s a bit of a whisper that won’t leave me alone. Here’s what’s bouncing around my head: If at the end of my life, the only […]Read more "The End"
This time of the year, as a pastor, I always like to focus my reading on the cross. One of my all-time favorite books about the cross is the classic, “The Cross of Christ” by John R. W. Stott. This book is filled with so many nuggets of gold that it seems like a crime […]Read more "The Cross and Preaching"