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Guest Post: Tony Pyle on Shepherding (Part 3)

This is the last installment of a 3-part series that our Student Ministries Director Tony Pyle has been writing on the topic of Shepherding in the context of ministry.

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Guest Post: Tony Pyle on Shepherding (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a 3-part series that our Student Ministries Director Tony Pyle is writing on the topic of Shepherding in the context of ministry.

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Jesus Paid For Your Sin So That You Don’t Have To

We tend to minimize our own sin and maximize the sin of others. Whether we struggle with sexual sin or social injustice, we need Jesus to save us.

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Guest Post: Tony Pyle on Shepherding (Part 1)

A few weeks ago at our monthly staff meeting, we had our Student Ministries Director Tony Pyle teach on how to avoid both over- and under-shepherding in the context of ministry. We thought his teaching was so fantastic that I wanted him to share it in written form on my blog.

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Facing Temptation

Does facing temptation get easier the more we do it?  No – in fact, it gets harder.  But, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to handle more.   The More We Face Temptation, The More We Are Able To Face Temptation.    

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God Became Weak so that We Could Become Strong

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We Can’t Trump the Bible with Folk Christianity

This last weekend at Riv, I spent a little bit of time in my message talking about the difference between "Folk Christianity" (Christianity that carries trump cards like feelings, emotions, clichés, or cultural traditions) and Biblical Christianity. So often, we tend to hang onto these trump cards instead of hanging onto what the Word of God says – just like Ja...

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Should Christians pray before mealtimes?

This weekend at Riverview, I made a little comment that ignited a wee bit of controversy I was talking about traditions and customs that many Christians add to their faith and inadvertently elevate to the level of Scripture without critically examining why they do it.  One such custom is praying before mealtime.  I noted that many Christians are mortified when ...

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We Don’t Need to Play Dress Up with God

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Back to Genesis

We started a series on Genesis last fall with the full intention of only covering the first half of the book.  Our plan was to take a year or two off and then finish it, but the response has been so overwhelming that we decided to finish the book. This weekend, we dive back into Genesis and we are going to cover the rest of it before Easter, so "fasten your seat ...

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