Open Calling, Closed Doors: Waiting to Enter Vocational Ministry

In my last post, The Idolatry of Vocational Ministry, I discussed the importance of a sober evaluation of one's calling into vocational ministry.  One of the guys from the church I pastor asked if I was going to write an encouragement to ...
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The Idolatry of Vocational Ministry

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve spoken to a young man who was lamenting his day job and longing to be in full-time vocational ministry, I’d have 20’s of dollars. Over the last several years Steph and ...
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The Lost Art of Tentmaking – A Word of Caution – Part 4

A WORD OF CAUTION If you are just tuning into this series, you may want to go read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 before reading through this post. As I have been writing from my experience as a ...
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The Lost Art of Tentmaking – Part 3

If you haven't had an opportunity to read Part 1 and Part 2, I'd encourage you to do so before proceeding through this post. When Steph and I moved to The Woodlands / Magnolia, TX area to plant Christ Community ...
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The Lost Art of Tentmaking – Part 2

Part 2 - What Should You Do? In part 1 of this series I explored the possibility of the need to work extra jobs to ensure that your calling to your family and to plant a church are faithfully fulfilled ...
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The Lost Art of Tentmaking – Part 1

After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.  And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, ...
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No Resolutions, Just Simple Goals

If I were to have any resolutions, I would likely steal some from Jonathan Edwards.  In lieu of this, I have decided to merely stick with setting some personal goals for 2014. Resolutions have often left me disenchanted and frustrated ...
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Reaching Men

There is a lot that can be said about the importance of reaching men, especially in the context of the local church.  When I planted Christ Community Church of Magnolia, one of my main convictions was that I would focus ...
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‘Steal Like an Artist’ by Austin Kleon

This evening I was reading this small book, Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon and my wife, Steph, asked me how I read through it so quickly.  I told her that it was good and had a lot of pictures.  She ...
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My Secret Weapon

 It must appear that I'm on Social Media all the time.  So I figured it'd be a good time to let my secret out of the bag.  I'm not.  I do enjoy interacting on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn ...
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