Excellent or Praiseworthy – September 2022

Excellent or Praiseworthy – September 2022

Happy autumn, friends! Everything listed below was encouraging, helpful, or informative to me during the month of September. I hope it blesses you. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” - Philippians [...]

Combatting a Critical Spirit in Ministry

Combatting a Critical Spirit in Ministry

I recently read a book that had a profound impact on my understanding of Christ's heart for his people. The book was well received by most evangelicals with the exception of one group. This group’s review, in my opinion, was unnecessarily critical. Sadly, they are becoming known for their critical spirit toward anyone not associated [...]

Contentment, Limitations, and Gratitude for the Season

Contentment, Limitations, and Gratitude for the Season

I have spent the last week vacationing in the Smoky Mountains with my family and some close friends. As I write this, I’m sitting in our shared cabin overlooking a beautiful property with a creek and a spring-fed pond. The property has no cell phone service, is surrounded by lush, green trees, and is a [...]

Excellent or Praiseworthy – July 2022

Excellent or Praiseworthy – July 2022

Everything listed below was encouraging, helpful, or informative to me during the month of July. I hope it blesses you. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”- Philippians 4:8 (NIV) 1. God [...]

The 3 Essential Ingredients of Discipleship

The 3 Essential Ingredients of Discipleship

One of my all-time favorite jobs was working at Trader Joe’s. While there, I learned the importance of reading labels, particularly, the list of ingredients on the side of food packaging. It was helpful to know key ingredients so I could assist customers with various dietary needs. The first thing I recall learning about ingredient [...]

Excellent or Praiseworthy – June 2022

Excellent or Praiseworthy – June 2022

It’s been a month or so since I posted a list of articles. Everything listed below was encouraging, helpful, or informative to me during the month of June. I hope these articles bless you. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is [...]

Finding the Right Hills to Die On

Finding the Right Hills to Die On

One of the unfortunate realities of church history is the frequency with which churches have divided over theological differences. It continues to happen today. Issues such as baptism, spiritual gifts, and ordaining women cause Christians to fight and, ultimately, break fellowship. Gavin Ortlund has written a helpful book about navigating the complexities of theology while [...]