Tribal Trichotomy

Tribal name: Nazarene.  Tribal mission: Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations.  Tribal values: Christian, Holiness, Missional.  My tribe, the Church of the Nazarene, is typically described as faithful, loving, hard-working people engaged in the mission of God in the world.  However, as we transition further into postmodernity new dynamics are unfolding that are testing the … Continue reading Tribal Trichotomy

Generation Gap

People like to put us down… Talkin’ bout my generation!  The WHO began screaming those words in 1965 as young people were trying to find their place in society.  Every generation since has continued the quest to find their footing.  These lyrics resonated with the Baby Boomer generation.  Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) are people who … Continue reading Generation Gap

I Love People

Bittersweet days… saying “goodbye” is usually bittersweet. When I preached my last sermon at Raleigh First Church, it was bittersweet. Now, just a few years later and I’ve preached my last sermon at Decatur First Church. These departures were bitter because it’s difficult to leave a place that gets it: a place that truly embodies … Continue reading I Love People

Journey of Love

China was quite the journey, exciting and fun, yet stressful and nerve-racking at the same time. The jet lag the first two days was extreme. We found ourselves wanting to sleep during the day and sitting up through the night. On the third day we met Kacey Xing-Yu Powell. The night before our meeting was … Continue reading Journey of Love

Precedent Of Love

Whenever God says something for the first time, He sets a precedent. When God sets a precedent, His ways are known forever. Scripture provides numerous examples of God setting a precedent with His people. The joy of discovering more profound revelation through the written Word is realizing that God’s promises toward us have always been … Continue reading Precedent Of Love