Principles for Christian Dating

Awkward dates. They have happened to many of us. The internet is filled with stories of tremendous failures in the area of courtship. I recently heard the story of one man’s incredible, horrific, and downright awkward first date. For the sake of anonymity, we will name these fateful love birds Sandy and Danny. 

The God-Man Cursed: A Hymn

The sins of man came from that tree

Where the serpent slithered, he first found Eve

He spoke of gods, they counted the cost

With one bite, paradise was lost

How does the Holy Spirit aid in disciple making?

In 1976, a small, unknown movie, crossed the box office with a measly budget of one million dollars, and a no name actor. Advertising costs for the movie exceeded its entire production value by four hundred percent. It was a hail mary attempt by producers to recoop their money and, they hoped, turn a profit as well. Turn a profit it did,

Book Review: Who Moved My Pulpit? Leading Change in the Church

What is it about?  Thom Rainer asks the question, “Who Moved My Pulpit?” The story behind that question, a true story about a pastor named Derek (really!) revolves around change. It is that topic of change that drives the content of this small, compact, and invaluable book. How does a church leader, regardless of title,…

Book Review: What is a Healthy Church Member?

Thabiti Anyabwile pens this addition of “What is a Healthy Church Member?” as part of the IX Marks publishing relationship with Crossway. Perhaps I read this book out of order, as next on my list is, “What is a Healthy Church?” by Mark Dever. Regardless, the author draws heavily from Dever’s conceptual outline found within “9 Marks of a Healthy Church” published originally in 2004.

The Blessing of Life: A Poem

Time ticks by,
and moments pass along.
By the face of the clock, life is here one minute and then gone.
Those words jarred me awake,
“Dad, it’s really soon.”
My head popped up, family and friends littered the room.
Following that voice, I found my wife lying down.
She was tired, but ready.
My feet trembled on solid ground.
Our two lives intertwined, what seems like decades ago.
We knew that two would become three, if only God said so.

Book Review: The New Rules for Love Sex & Dating

The title of Stanley’s work aptly articulates its subject material. However, I do think it is slightly misleading as the “new rules for love, sex, and dating” are simply grounded in biblical truth. Andy does use his trademark “inductive approach” to give backdoor reasons for following biblical principles for dating. I understand his reasoning for doing this, and do not necessarily agree. However, reading it from a “believer perspective” will be frustrating for some because his primary writing and teaching audience is not “believers” but unbelievers, skeptics, and the disillusioned. 

Keep Telling It.

“Mr. Derek, will you tell us a Bible story?”
I hear that question pretty often. At least a couple times a week. It comes from the children we watch at our home in the morning before the school bus arrives. One particular morning, I was pouring cereal for a few of them, and thinking about the last time I shared a Bible story per their request. It had been awhile. As I was thinking about that last request, another thought popped into my mind. “Derek, this is your mission field.” Now, you have to understand that I serve as a high school minister at a large Baptist church near Richmond, VA. Some would say I am already “on the mission field” which is true, but this is different. God has blessed Hannah and I with a second source of income (much needed by us) of watching these kids, and the opportunity to tell these children about the love of God, the reality of sin, and the love of God displayed through Jesus Christ to bring sinners out of the clutches of Satan, selfishness, and separation from God.