Fear and joy

There are three convictions that largely guide me in life and ministry: God is to be greatly feared. As in, he should be the weightiest and most significant thing in our lives. God is to be greatly enjoyed. As in, life’s greatest and most-lasting joys and satisfaction...

True evil

I’ve been reflecting on evil a lot lately. Let me explain. A few weeks ago, our sermon text forced us to consider the death penalty. Without commenting here on what the Bible has to say about capital punishment, I recognize in myself some natural opposition to the...

Invite your non-believing friends

As we’ve been going through our sermon series on evangelism, I have been considering more often than normal how a non-believer would feel in our Sunday gatherings. I’m aware that talking about evangelism might present an awkward situation for a non-believer to sit in...

The front lines of evangelism

I came across this quote by Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., this week in my reading. It expresses one of my convictions for Roots Church, that connects with our current sermon series on evangelism. It is this: We want to be a...

Two Ways to Wrestle with Our Faith

As Christians, most of us have times where we wonder, “Is all of this even real?” Times when we question the intellectual plausibility of faith. Times when the life of faith just doesn’t seem worth the effort. Times when the mountaintop experiences fade into months,...

Thinking about church growth

Several people have recently mentioned a desire to continue to grow as a church and asked about how we can go about this. This is a good desire, one that I share, and I am encouraged to hear such talk. This is something that has been on my mind more and more and...