We are a Global Church.

I have been reminded the past few weeks that I am a part of a Global Church. Now, like me, this is probably something you’ve already known for awhile. The Body of Christ reaches every corner of the world: “In Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). My


The Terrifying Gift of the Holy Spirit…

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them


No more pooping inside.

Oscar pooped in the house again. When Shannon and I lived in Oklahoma, we were around the house pretty much all the time. I worked from home and Shannon worked at the church across the street, so our fur-baby Oscar got used to having us around. When we moved back to Kansas City, though, Shannon


My Journey from Mourning to Healing

Earlier this summer, I did something scary: I resigned my position as a youth pastor. I took a step back from pastoral ministry and I left the role for which I had been trained and educated over the course of seven years. As any pastor can tell you, their vocation is more than just a


I Don’t Know

In the Beginning I had a fantastic childhood, full of wonder and play dates and discovery. My mother decided to stay home with me shortly after my birth, and it was in her care that I discovered my two first loves: Jesus and learning. I came to faith through finger paints and felt boards and time


Friendship and Vengeance

The world is beautiful because I look at it, admirable because I admire it, deserving of respect because it is unaware of me and thus my love, yet still it smiles at me and all. It is well worthy of the love of Vengeance! Paul saw God in the beauty of the world, and he


Thy Kingdom Come

Earlier this month, I had the unique privilege to travel to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 2015 Nazarene Youth Conference. Along with four students from my youth group, we joined with nearly 7000 other Nazarene teens and adult sponsors for a denominational gathering that only happens once every four years. The theme for NYC2015 was “Thy


What’s Killing the Church?

A friend of mine posted an article on Facebook a few weeks ago called “Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America.” She made a comment about how the “anti-intellectualism, anti-theology, anti-reason movement” was also killing our church. I had to agree. Anti-intellectualism, anti-theology, anti-reason, anti-science – whatever you want to call it – it is killing our church!


Guns and the Kingdom of God

In the wake of last month’s shooting at at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the ever-constant debate of gun control has been stirred up once again. Since this horrific event happened in a house of worship, many Christians are speaking out and adding their voices to the conversation, wondering what could have been