Adoption Day Finally Arrived!

Gotcha Day (round 1)

After many years of prayers, Hannah and I felt called to the ministry of adoption.  (OK, Hannah has always felt called to adoption.  It took her a decade to bring me around.)  I finally agreed for reasons I’ll cover in depth via another post as well as a dedicated sermon (most likely on Mother’s Day of 2017).

For now, the short answer to: “why are you adopting 3 kids when you already have 3 kids?” is: the gospel.

Adoption is how I got into God’s family.  Jesus saw fit to irrecoverably adopt me into His eternal family.  For me and mine, it only seemed appropriate that we go and do the same.

So, we adopted.  Yesterday.  3 kids, which doubled the amount of little people who drink milk out of my fridge.


Gotcha Day! is Finally Here

Everyone is Invited

After 900+ days in the foster system as wards of the State of Oklahoma, 3 young children will forever change our lives this week.

At 10:30 am on Tuesday, 14 March 2017, our entire family (all 8 of us) will stand before a judge at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice courthouse to legally adopt two boys and one little girl.

Baptism Revisited

From the New Testament to the Jordan River

I often receive questions about salvation, faith, baptism, ministry, and how they’re all connected.  During our 2017 Pilgrimage to Israel, I had the amazing opportunity of baptizing 11 people in the Jordan River! [see the embedded video just below]  

So, I thought I’d update a previous blog post about baptism that addresses the Bible’s teaching in this area.

Christian Baptism was established as the entrance into God’s New Testament (NT) Christian Church.  That New Testament church was built on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  Until those events occurred in their entirety, the world was living under the Old Covenant; aka: the Old Testament/Old agreement/Old “will” (see Gal 4.4 and Heb 9.16-17).

In other words, baptism is completely Christian in nature.  We should not attempt to force it through an Old Testament event or counterpart.  When God started something entirely new in His Church, He also created a new way for us to respond to Him spiritually.

Repentance Gives us Hope

 

Repentance does give us hope, but only if we repent God’s way. This is a quick look at what repentance is NOT, followed up with the powerful healing we can hope for when we truly repent to God and then lean on one another for help and healing.

This is a clip taken from a sermon on prayer and repentance.

 

Audio of the Entire Sermon

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Renegade Pastor, really?

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Oct 20th, 2013

Andy Stanley is one of my pastoral heroes.  His faith, courage, and work ethic are inspiring–that’s before you factor in the fruit of his life and ministry in Atlanta.  This article is a bit sensationalist, in my opinion, but it’s still a nice summary of he (and his dad’s) story.