Seizing Moments of Transition

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” — Col 3.23 Everyone experiences transitions from one thing to another. We put down the old (or have it wrenched from us) and pick up the things. No one can live a completely sedentary life (nor would that be good for us).Continue reading “Seizing Moments of Transition”

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Check Out the Arise Church Podcast

If you’re a fan of podcasting, check out the Arise Church Podcast, where we talk about church life, church planting, social media, COVID, sermons, and much more. It’s a fun time and host Roger Jackson does a great job of keeping things fun and informative. Check us out on Apple Podcasts   Want to learnContinue reading “Check Out the Arise Church Podcast”

Why I’ve Been Absent

Longtime friends and readers of this blog will have noticed a general decline in the frequency of posts over the past several years. There are numerous reasons for this: grad school, work, kids, life in general, etc. But the primary reason has been that much of my time has been devoted to pastoral work. AfterContinue reading “Why I’ve Been Absent”

Job Opening: Pastor of Connections and Outreach

Our current church, Rooftop in St. Louis, is getting ready to hire a new pastor. Check out the job description below and learn more here! Rooftop is an inter-denominational, energetic, growing, medium-sized, 20-year-old Christian church reaching a diversity of people in an inner suburb of St. Louis. More than your typical post-modern church, Rooftop maintainsContinue reading “Job Opening: Pastor of Connections and Outreach”

The Challenge of Church Planting

This post is part of an ongoing series looking at church planting. Obviously, church planting is not all fun-and-games. There are plenty of challenges inherent in starting a new church, including those of:

Does Church Planting Overly Innovate?

This post is part of an ongoing series looking at church planting. As commonly framed, Christianity often has problems with new things. Whether it’s new ways of thinking about Jesus (as during those pesky Christological controversies in the early Church), framing theology (like during the Reformation), using academic scholarship to inform faith (as in theContinue reading “Does Church Planting Overly Innovate?”

How Does Church Planting Help?

This post is part of an ongoing series looking at church planting. There are numerous benefits to planting churches. Church plants advance the Kingdom of God.9 When more and more believers gather together, proclaiming the gospel, preaching the Scriptures, celebrating the sacraments, and living in community, the Kingdom of God tangibly advances in our world.

Why Plant a Church?

This post is part of an ongoing series looking at church planting. Of course, there are already a lot of established churches. So why do people plant new churches? First, church planting represents a tangible way for Christians to fulfill the Great Commission, to “make disciples of every nation” (Matthew 28:19-20). No place on earthContinue reading “Why Plant a Church?”

What Is Church Planting?

You’ve seen them in your community. They’re popping up in old buildings, fields, and other empty spaces. They show up with catchy names and make lots of loud noise, often attracting quite a crowd in the process. But what are they? Where do they come from? And why are they here? I’m talking, of course,Continue reading “What Is Church Planting?”

The Next Chapter: Rooftop Church

I am excited to announce that I am joining the staff at Rooftop Church as Pastor of Church-Planting, effective today! Rooftop is a non-denominational, Bible-centered church committed to “making followers of Christ who make followers of Christ who make followers of Christ….” Located in Affton (a community in the St. Louis County metro area), RooftopContinue reading “The Next Chapter: Rooftop Church”