Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Cross, and the Crown

This past weekend, as we are working our way through the Gospel of Mark, our pastor, John Tischer, preached through Mark 9:2-13. This passage is Mark’s record of the Transfiguration, in which Jesus takes Peter, James, and John on top of a mountain to witness a miraculous event. Jesus is transformed before their eyes, andContinue reading “Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Cross, and the Crown”

Remember the Lord’s Supper

The following is an excerpt from a discipleship book I am writing. Often paired with baptism, the practice of Communion (also referred to as the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist) is a communal discipline initiated by Jesus and passed on through His early disciples to the Church today. It is practiced in different ways byContinue reading “Remember the Lord’s Supper”

How Can I Fix My Eyes on Jesus?

This past Sunday was Resurrection Sunday, a celebration of the fact that Jesus conquered death and now lives and reigns forever. However, if we truly believe this in our hearts and not just our heads, then really every day should be Resurrection Day. What I mean is that every single day should be lived inContinue reading “How Can I Fix My Eyes on Jesus?”

How Jesus Restories Us

No, that is not a typo in the title of this blog post. Since January, I have been writing a book and teaching a class on discipleship and disciple-making called Into His Image. (If interested, you can watch recordings of the class here.) The further I go, the more I am beginning to see discipleshipContinue reading “How Jesus Restories Us”

Discipleship in the Age of Talk Radio

News broke this week that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh passed away. Social media was aflame (as always), and divided (as always) over the legacy of this man. For those on the right, Limbaugh was a lion of a man, a genius, a pioneer for what it means to fight for conservative political ideals inContinue reading “Discipleship in the Age of Talk Radio”

Calling All Men

Every once in a while, I see the old church leadership debate about men and women flare up on Twitter or other social media platforms. As with so many social, cultural, and church issues, there are passionate proponents on each side. You have those who say that church leadership roles, most especially the roles ofContinue reading “Calling All Men”

What is the Cost?

Well it happened. The United States completed yet another transfer of power and not has a new presidential administration. There was and is a lot of fear, anger, relief, joy, and sorrow in the nation today. There will be hot takes and retrospectives galore about this season in the life of our Republic. To beContinue reading “What is the Cost?”

Spiritual Hydration

After my recent bout with COVID-19, a friend told me about a plasma donation center nearby. Blood plasma with COVID antibodies can apparently help those who have severe cases of the illness. This place also pays you for donating, which certainly helps this time of year. If you have never given plasma before, it isContinue reading “Spiritual Hydration”

Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

In Matthew 16, Jesus challenges His disciples with the question, “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter’s answer is recorded in verse 16, ““You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” In John 20:28, we find the confession of Thomas, another disciple. After seeing the resurrected Jesus with the scars from the crucifixion, Thomas believedContinue reading “Who Do You Say Jesus Is?”