It really doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. You could be a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan and find that you’ll agree with a Philadelphia Eagles fan, at least on this one point. Even the redneck and the socialite will find common ground here. I think we can all agree. During this COVID-19 […]

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301 years ago, Robinson Crusoe, widely considered the First English Novel, was released in England to enormous praise.  Audiences loved the simple story of a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad.  Poor Crusoe encounters prisoners, mutineers, and even cannibals during his adventurous stay.  Yet the first foes he would face would not come […]

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Today’s Blog is a guest post from my wife, Heather. Enjoy! “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as […]

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How To Lead Change

April 30, 2019

It’s not easy! If you’re the pastor of a church needing revitalization, you know better than most how difficult it can be to lead the church into healthy change.  So many naturally see their own traditions and preferences as both godly and biblical.  Unfortunately, so many good folk in the pews have had this fallacy […]

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Now Worship is an Act of Bravery

October 29, 2018

On Saturday morning a group of innocent people arrived at their house of worship intending to practice their faith in peace.  An evil and bigoted man took this opportunity to reign terror and violence upon an unsuspecting crowd.  Pittsburgh was devastated.  The Tree of Life Synagogue will never be the same.  And our society has […]

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The Idea Talks podcast is BACK!!!

August 1, 2017

Well, it’s been a while since we last posted a new episode to The Idea Talks podcast – but we are back and excited to announce that a new episode will be released on the last Monday of the month – every month. This episode is entitled: The Road to 100.  How to grow a […]

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The Idea Talks podcast is BACK!!!

August 1, 2017

Well, it’s been a while since we last posted a new episode to The Idea Talks podcast – but we are back and excited to announce that a new episode will be released on the last Monday of the month – every month. This episode is entitled: The Road to 100.  How to grow a […]

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The Book Every Independent Baptist Must Read

November 2, 2015

Over the past few years the Lord has led me on a journey that brought great growth to my personal relationship with Jesus.  Sadly, I had developed some poor theology relating to music that left me in bondage to tradition.[1] Christian music became a duty not a delight because I lived in fear of inadvertently […]

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Like I’ve Never Seen It Before

May 23, 2014

God has blessed our church in the past but I’ve never seen anything like this! Over the past few months we have seen God’s blessings poured out over our church as never before. I felt led to share with you a few of the blessings we are seeing right now! 1. Extreme Numerical Growth Over […]

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The Gods We Make

March 7, 2014

Idolatry is really a funny practice. Funny strange, not funny Ha Ha. If you take time to think about it… it’s pretty weird, right? The prophet Isaiah talked about this nearly 2700 years ago. Isaiah 44:8-17 Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. They that make a […]

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My 12 Favorite Bible Verses

November 22, 2013

I love the Scriptures! After 23 years as a Christian, 11 of those as a pastor, I have grown more in love with the Bible each and every day. However, though all Scripture is inspired and profitable, I do have my favorites. Here’s my list: 12. The Foundation Verse II Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is […]

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Why Do We Have A Sunday Night Service?

July 2, 2013

There is nothing in the Bible that says a church must have an additional service on Sunday evening. Though the Bible does say that the early church met every Sunday (Acts 20:7, I Cor. 16:2), it also seems to indicate that they often met every day (Acts 2:46-47, 5:42, 6:1). I believe the Bible has […]

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When God Says No

March 25, 2013

Our church is growing!  We are averaging over 525 every Sunday morning and are starting a 3rd morning service in the fall to accommodate the crowds. On February 3rd, only 50 days ago, I stood before our church and asked God to do a miracle for us by allowing us to raise $250,000.00 in 7 weeks […]

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