How Dads are Awesome

Last night I was helping Child2 with some algebra homework. I got a 33% in algebra in high school. I’ve been very open with my kids about this fact, about the fact that I’m not good at math, and about the fact that they have an aunt who is a mathematician that has offered toContinue Reading

Principles for Leadership

A couple of years ago we went through the process of selecting new shepherds. The ensuing months were filled with the normal excitement and growth pains that come from changing church leadership. In that process, we all sat around and came up with a list of leadership principles for Bristol Road Church of Christ. TheseContinue Reading

Ephesians 1:15-23

This piece was done while listening to Brian Stogner preach on Ephesians 1:15-23. There are three sections to this piece. The top, left section is four colored bands that merge together. This symbolizes the trinitarian statement from verse 17 and demonstrates how we, the flesh toned section, derive from God. The middle section, which resemblesContinue Reading

Because The Cross Was Made Of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 7

After six parts to the ‘because the cross was made of dogwood’ series I’ve racked up quite a few questions about what the whole dogwood thing has to do with evangelism. Well, today you find out. As many of you know, I have a company that I co-operate with fellow minister Randy Wray that weContinue Reading

Because The Cross Was Made Of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 6

Sorry for the brief hiatus in this series. My oldest son graduated from high school this week, so my schedule was fairly full, as was my house. But we’re back at it now, so jump in the conversation. When I think about churches and their evangelism programs, I often find myself asking ‘what are weContinue Reading

Because The Cross Was Made Of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 5

Thanks for hanging on with us as we’ve covered some of the ramblings of my mind. The comments and feedback have been great. If you haven’t, please check out the other posts in this series and let us all know what you think. We’re going to turn the direction of this series a little andContinue Reading

Because The Cross Was Made Of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 4

I know this looks a little long, but there’s a story at the end that you’ll want to hang around for. Thanks again for dropping by! The feedback on this series has been great. I know you’re not all commenting, but please feel free to jump into the discussion by leaving comments below. I won’tContinue Reading

Because the Cross Was Made of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 3

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment on the last post! I claimed that there is something that non-Christians/new converts hate about the behavior modification approach to Christianity. Your responses were in the same place that mine were, except that I pull all of those responses together into one umbrella term: authenticity. Authenticity isContinue Reading

Because The Cross Was Made Of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 2

Married to the idea of getting people to ‘come to church’ is the idea that ‘coming to church’ is synonymous with behavior modification. It’s sort of like we think church attendance is the silver bullet for all kinds of moral ills. This is an error that churches and Christians have made for some time. We’veContinue Reading

Because The Cross Was Made of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 1

One of the popular topics Among church leadership has to do with evangelism and it’s effectiveness. I speak with church leaders regularly about church growth and church health, and I’m convinced that 90% of the time when a church leader says they want to evangelize what they are really saying is that they want theContinue Reading