The Simplicity of Our Message: Christ Crucified

Lately, somehow by God's grace, along with my wife and a couple close friends, I've been able to get to know some younger folks and share Christ with them. It's been interesting because of where we've been the last few years leading up to last Fall when we felt impressed to get involved with a local body of believers in the form of a traditional church. The challenge has been in the question - "where do we begin?" Obviously, you begin with Jesus Christ because it's all about Him. All things were created through and for Him. But it's been years since I've been in this type of setting. This season of life has really challenged me in many ways. It's challenged me to be more founded in what I believe. It has challenged me to inspect my … [Read more...]

Jesus Is The Son & The Word

The following is a passage from Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living by Stanley Grenz. If you haven't read it, Created for Community is a theological work that is practical and accessible for all believers to read and understand. Grenz takes the reader through core doctrines of the faith to show the purpose for which we were created. We were created for community! This passage has really struck me and boils down what it means when we say that Jesus is the "Son" and the "Word." The designations "Son" and "Word" are closely connected. Both point to Jesus' singular identity. The designations "Word" and "Son" bring together the deity and the humanity of Jesus. As "the radiance of God's glory and the … [Read more...]

Work For Your Customers, Not Your Colleagues & Competition

I don't typically get into business related topics on here, but I'm going to venture there today. This is, after all, my blog. ;) I'm not a business owner, but being part of a family owned company I definitely take ownership in what I do, which is helping small businesses grow their company through graphic design, web design, and web marketing. Over the past four and a half years of doing what I do there's one lesson that has been pounded into my brain over and over again. Specifically for me, the lesson has been learning to create things, whether they be websites or marketing plans, for my clients and not for other designers, developers, and marketers. In general the lesson is learning to work for your own customers and not your … [Read more...]

The Importance of Proper Doctrine

The term doctrine has at times for me seemed like a negative word. I grew up in a church culture that was very much about feelings and experiences. Not to say that I didn't hear solid teaching because I did. But it often seemed to come second after all that. I guess I often thought that having an intellectual faith somehow paled in comparison to a dramatic experiential faith. This has contributed to my cynicism toward much of the modern church. But lately I've been coming to understand the importance of proper doctrine and understanding truth. I would say I have always had an affinity for this since I truly started following Christ at the age of 16. But the last few years has had me focusing on a smaller number of things - namely the … [Read more...]

Opting Out of Black Friday & The Hope of a Better Christmas

Ah, the holiday season. Knitted hats, cocoa, Christmas movies and music, more baked goods than we need, and frenzied consumerism. Sounds lovely, doesn't it? Well, I don't think it does. At least not that last part. The whole excessive consumerism and gift buying deal is the reason, I believe, I've had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit the last couple years. I don't mean to say that I'm some Scrooge. My wife and I haven't failed to deck the halls, blast the Dustin Kensrue Christmas album, and watch every Christmas movie on our shelf. But my heart wasn't fully into it. While I looked forward to getting together with friends and family, I didn't look forward to the gifting part of the festivities. Even the receiving part. As … [Read more...]