Some Things I’m Learning Right Now

I work full-time as a privately supported pastoral intern at my church.  I am coaching small group leaders and have duties with our small group ministry, but most of my days are consumed with learning.  Seminary will “officially” start on August 22 when I begin my first online class through Liberty Theological Seminary. But in reality, “seminary” has already begin.  Here are a few things God is teaching me right now: Make prayer integral and central to my life and ministry. Treasure Jesus, and when you don’t feel it, beg for it. Be organized. Soak up knowledge, but index it … Continue reading Some Things I’m Learning Right Now

Seeing the Gospel in Good Books

I’m reading The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs, founder and Resident Scholar of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theology Seminary.  A few days ago, a quote caught my eye.  The funny thing is that it has nothing to do with evangelism, but about how good books point us to Christ: Great literature deals with the human condition in all its sorrow and in all its joy.  It asks the difficult questions that confront all human beings and sometimes answers those questions accurately.  This is so whether it is a Christian or a non-Christian who is writing the book.  … Continue reading Seeing the Gospel in Good Books

Personal Reflections on the Balance of Love and Truth

The last few days I’ve been thinking about how Jesus lived out this thing we call “grace and truth” (John 1:14).  Here are some raw thoughts, as they come to mind about this command we are to follow: I know that personally I lean more toward truth than love.  But with certain people, I can tend to be too loving and I fail to speak truth into their lives.  So, I’m not always loving.  But, I’m not always truthful either.  I’m striving, by the Spirit, for a proper balance.  I want to live in this tension according to the biblical … Continue reading Personal Reflections on the Balance of Love and Truth