April 26, 2013

One Couple. Two Callings. What Now?

If you have a digital or hard copy subscription to Relevant Magazine, be sure to check out the article my wife and I wrote on calling and how to work out one's calling within a marriage or relationship.

You can read the full article (plus four others from the magazine) online if you register an account or get unlimited access for only $14.99 a year!

4/21/13 - How Does the Story End?

When it comes to the end times, how is the story of life going to end? What are the things that we can all agree on when it comes to the book of Revelation?

April 19, 2013

Sermon 4/14/2013 - The Truth About Hell

Does hell really exist and if so, what is it going to be like? More so, how do we avoid going there for eternity and help others avoid hell as well?

April 11, 2013

Sermon 4/7/13 - Heaven

What is heaven going to be like once we are there? And how do we end up there instead of the "burning lake of sulfur" that Revelation 21 talks about?

April 10, 2013

REVIEW: Totally Awesome, Super-Cool Bible Stories as Drawn by Nerdy Ned

Totally Awesome, Super-Cool Bible Stories is a new resource from Thomas Nelson for children 12 and younger. The book is a collection of Bible stories that starts in Genesis with creation and works its way to Revelation.

To read the full review, click here.

REVIEW: Chronological Life Application Study Bible

During my 11 years in youth ministry, the New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible has been my first choice whenever a student or parent has asked for a recommendation. Tyndale's brand new release of this Bible, Chronological Life Application Study Bible, now in chronological order, quickly will move to the top of my list as a recommendation for older students who have grown too familiar with a normal Bible layout or with students who want to take a more intellectual approach to reading Scripture.

To read the full review, click here.

REVIEW: The Anxious Christian by Rhett Smith

Paul said, "Don't be anxious about anything…"; sadly, the conclusion often has been communicated (consciously or unconsciously) that as a Christ follower, we shouldn't be anxious. Period. Thankfully, Rhett Smith's The Anxious Christian provides a very different perspective to the conversation on anxiety.

To read the full review, click here

REVIEW: iPod, YouTube, Wii Play by D. Brent Laytham

How should a relationship with Jesus influence our usage of TV, video games, music and other forms of entertainment? In iPod, Youtube, Wii Play, D. Brent Laytham masterfully tackles this question and deeply engages each issue with solid theological insights. He has done a wonderful job, as well, of making the book very challenging and thought-provoking, while at the same time being humorous and very creative.

To read the rest of the review of his book, click here.

April 9, 2013

What We Wish We Knew About Sex Before We Were Married

When it comes to Christians and newlywed sex, there are usually two extremes.

For some couples, they head toward the altar with the expectation that they will find themselves soon lost in ecstasy and passion—a reward from God for staying pure until marriage. For others, the idea of sex carries a lot of anxiety and fear—as he or she tries to figure out what messages of sex are “real” between the portrayal we see in culture, the Church’s teaching, and one’s future spouse’s expectations. To add to this, the reality is that 80 percent of unmarried Christians ages 18 to 29 have already had—or are having—sex, as reports indicate.

As with most extremes, there is some truth to these for some couples. However, the majority tend to find themselves somewhere in the middle.

This was the case for us personally as our first few times were a little awkward. Three days into our honeymoon we found ourselves in Barnes and Noble trying to find a book to help us figure things out in the bedroom. We’d read a number of Christian books about sex prior to getting married, and they were very helpful in terms of the theological and relational aspect of sex, but not so helpful on the supremely practical “how to” aspect—and more specifically, how to do it well and mutually enjoy it.

Our honeymoon was eight years ago now, and you might say we’ve learned a lot since then. But looking back to the very beginning, here are four things we think every couple should known before their wedding night: