The Parish

The Parish

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I had a couple hundred people in my ministry as a young pastor and I thought I was “relevant” to the culture to which I was called. Someone asked me a question not precisely like this but the essence was the same,...

Living the Eucharistic Life

The Eucharist, Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or whatever your tradition calls it is one of the key sacraments in scripture. No matter our tradition by the taking of the elements we are called to live a Eucharistic life. It’s not enough to just take the elements then...
Being a Fluent Disciple of Jesus

Being a Fluent Disciple of Jesus

A lot has been talked about in discipleship about being gospel fluent. The gospel is the center of the life of a followers of Jesus. We need to be looking at it more than just “gospel fluency.” We need to move to the call from Jesus to “make...
Why Liturgy Matters for Mission

Why Liturgy Matters for Mission

It has been trendy over the last twenty or so years to remove liturgy from our worship services. Around the time of the seeker sensitive movement it became normal for evangelical churches to remove all liturgy from their worship services. It just became 3 songs, a...
Lent. What is it and Should I participate?

Lent. What is it and Should I participate?

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is the period of time before Easter that Christians fast in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that every follower of Jesus is called to practice and it is a...

Love is found at Jesus’ Table

Love. If we are all honest we all want it. That’s really all we seek in this life. If we are truly honest with ourselves that is our pursuit. We might not pursue it in the same ways or from the same things. In fact, many times we look down on others who don’t pursue...

You’re a Christian but Are you “in Christ” ?

We live in a culture where we compartmentalize everything. We have our job, neighborhood, family, kids events, eating, friends, gym, money, church, vacations, and hobbies. These things all have their place in our lives. Depending on our personality we have them...

Survive and Advance

Survive and advance is the motto of the basketball teams that enter into the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament. I think it should also be the motto of life. For so many of us life is a failure if we don’t have a highlight everyday. In this culture it is so...

5 Things I’ve Learned About Getting Fit So Far

One of the number goals every year is to lose weight or get physically fit. I am included in this stat as nearly every year I set fitness goals for myself. If you know me I have been on a weight loss journey for the last 5 years. When my son Caleb was born I was so...

The Church: Where did we start?

My hope is to write a series of blogs outlining where I see the church going in the future and why. This is leading to my dissertation that will address how I think that the church should address these changes in culture. Where have we been, where are we going, and...

Why Do We Binge Watch TV?

Binge watching TV. It is the season for it. It is getting cold outside, we are less likely to be outside doing things and the streaming sites make it easy to stay in. If you are like me you actually enjoy binge watching TV shows especially those with great stories....

The Church: What is the Problem?

My hope is to write a series of blogs outlining where I see the church going in the future and why. This is leading to my dissertation that will address how I think that the church should address these changes in culture. Where have we been, where are we going, and...
Looking Back to Look Forward

Looking Back to Look Forward

Another year is gone. The years get faster the older I get. It’s all about perspective when it comes to the speed of years. When I was 10 one year was 1/10 of my life. I’m about to turn 34 in a few days and now a year is 1/34 of my life. As my perspective has changed...

A season of giving gifts

As a kid I remember all I talked about around the Christmas season is “what are you getting for Christmas?” or “What did you get for Christmas?” We never talked about what we gave for Christmas. I think even as we head into adulthood it is the same. Sure, those of us...
How do we attain it?

How do we attain it?

When we are in pursuit of a goal a lot of our success is dictated by how much work we put in. For example, if I want to lose weight and get in shape I have to actually be disciplined. I need to go to the gym, eat healthier, and eat less. If I am not doing those things...

Is Jesus really your King?

Do you serve a King? Are you a part of a Kingdom? We are in the midst of Holy Week where we will remember and celebrate the King. This King, Jesus, rules a Kingdom and He is looking for His servants. Are you a servant of the one true King? As a servant of King Jesus...

The Reason for Lent

No Facebook, sweets, TV, alcohol, and soda for 40 days are all common things people give up for Lent. I have given up those things and more for lent as well. Many also give up meat on Friday’s replacing it with fish, grilled cheese, or pizza. But do we know why...

Jesus is Healer.

This week we talk about Jesus as our healer. We have access to Jesus as our healer. Let Jesus be your healer. Join us at Element Church as we experience Jesus as our healer. Share...
Jesus is Savior

Jesus is Savior

It will be my goal in 2015 to provide you, Element Church, videos to help you take the sermons deeper during the week. Use this as a resource to help you orient your life to Jesus, encourage you, and challenge you. This past Sunday we talked about Jesus as Savior....

Reorientation

The culture that we live in is permeated by individualism and consumerism. The best metaphor that I can find to describe it is a gym. When looking for a gym membership a person is looking for something that fits their specific interests and needs. Cost? Spa? Tanning?...

“Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In”

“Don’t give up. Don’t give in. There is an answer for everything.” These were the words spoken by Louie Zamperini the central character of the book and movie Unbroken. It is an inspirational story of a man that had everything that...
Getting Kicked in the Face

Getting Kicked in the Face

The other day a friend and I were swapping war stories of ministry. It was a time of sharing our success, struggles, and needs. It was an uplifting time as we both understood that we are not alone. One comment that stuck out that he said to me was that it really...
3 Ways to Parent Your Children to Fail

3 Ways to Parent Your Children to Fail

Yes. I said that we should parent our children to fail. This is very counter our culture. We live in a culture where everything we do is to teach our kids to succeed. The culture teaches our children that winning is everything and losing is for losers. Even when we...
3 Keys To a Great Marriage

3 Keys To a Great Marriage

If you are married you did not enter marriage to have a bad marriage. Sadly, the majority of people who get married have a bad marriage. This doesn’t have to be the case. You can have a great marriage but it will take some work. Great marriages don’t...
4 Walls of a Healthy Missional Church and Life

4 Walls of a Healthy Missional Church and Life

Timehop is one of the best newer social media apps that you can get. If you don’t have it already you really should. It is an app that combs your social media accounts from the years gone by every day. So today it will tell me what I posted 1-5 or 6 years ago....

5 things I’m learning about PROCESS

I’ll be honest I’m not naturally a process guy. I am more of a get it all done at once kind of guy. Over the years I’ve never really seen the need for a process. I’m of the belief that something needs to get done we should just complete the...

Get Coached!

I have been coaching as long as I can remember. There was a time in my life where I was very close to pursuing becoming a full time basketball coach. I love getting into people’s lives and literally coaching them. In many ways God has gifted me to coach people....
Now you know why I love Sports

Now you know why I love Sports

The World Cup this year was an awesome experience for me as a sports fan. People who never watch sports got into it. People who tell me they have no idea why I am so passionate about my sports team or unfollow me on social media because of that were going nuts! It was...

What do you need to sacrifice?

Leaders sacrifice. Great followers sacrifice. The best teams sacrifice. Success comes from sacrifice. But the question is will you sacrifice? Sacrifice is a big word and it’s hard for us to wrap our minds around as humans. Our natural instinct is to do what...
Remove The Clutter

Remove The Clutter

Cluttered life. Cluttered house. Cluttered organization. Cluttered goals. All of these things can lead to frustration. We can quickly become overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin. Many times when we attempt to de-clutter our lives we make cluttered plans...
5 Reasons I’m Thankful for the Moms in my life

5 Reasons I’m Thankful for the Moms in my life

Today is Mother’s Day and we should all be celebrating a mom in our life. Even if your mom wasn’t around growing up there is a mom that you know who should be celebrated. My hope is that today Mom’s everywhere feel appreciated. Happy Mothers Day to...

Missional Cast: Are You Ready?

God is moving. There is a rising up of people living on His mission. God is doing something incredible through small bands of people all over. He is using Element Church. Are you ready to be used by Him?     Share...
A Disciple Depends on Jesus

A Disciple Depends on Jesus

When life gets tough we find out pretty quickly what we depend on. Do we depend on Jesus or do we depend on other things. We can quickly get wrapped up in depending on finances, health, sex, abilities, material goods, hobbies, and many other things to get us through...
What a Saint Looks Like

What a Saint Looks Like

You are a saint. There is nothing more you need to do to be a saint. As such a saint lives a certain way. Many years ago, before I had kids I was really into the Madden NFL football video game. Every year in mid to late summer I would line up with other Madden fans on...
You are a Saint

You are a Saint

Gospel. Community. Mission. Prayer. Kingdom. Family. Serve. Attract. Worship. Praise. Teach. Preach. Justice. Sacraments. These are all words used to describe identity of a follower of Jesus. No matter how you approach church one of these words I’m sure describes...

Give Me Jesus

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog. Mostly started this blog to help facilitate my learnings to our congregation, Element. That ended so I guess I had no reason to blog. If I’m honest and being raw I’ve lost a bit of confidence....