Sunday Worship Begins on Saturday

It can be all too easy to give corporate worship less thought and preparation than a trip to the grocery store. This short article from gives us three suggestions to prepare our hearts for the weekly church gathering. “Every journey requires preparation. Where are you going? What will you need? And what should you... Continue Reading →

A Few Midweek Thoughts

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. - 2 Corinthians... Continue Reading →


If you think poor church attendance won’t really affect your family, think again: “In a Q&A, Carl Trueman was asked about why churches today are losing their young people. Typical answers to this question range from things like the temptations of this world or the irrelevance of the church–your typical answers. But Trueman makes a keen... Continue Reading →

My Top Four Pastor Goals

A few months ago I was introduced to a saying during a pre-conference session entitled “The disciple making pastor” by Pastor Mark Dever. PREACH & PRAY, LOVE & STAY.  This has become something I am striving to do as I serve as pastor at my church. 1. Preach I am called to glorify God and... Continue Reading →


Joe Carter, Communications Specialist at The SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, explains what we as Christians should know about the alt-right: “Earlier today, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution condemning the movement known as the “alt-right.” The language of the resolution reads, in part, WHEREAS, Racism and white supremacy are, sadly, not extinct but present... Continue Reading →

Why We Sing

Some encouraging words from Jonathan Leeman, 9Marks Editorial Director, on the importance of corporate singing: “At my church’s Sunday gathering, the preacher and everyone leading the service sits on the stage facing the congregation. In the past, I’ve been tempted to wonder if they’re really worshipping, or just looking around. Doesn’t someone who is really... Continue Reading →


Happy Friday Shady Oaks, I've got a lot on my mind right now, and I have to type it out! This Sunday I am preaching from John 21 and I am so excited.  If you've ever experienced a failure in life, and we all have, this is a great Sunday to attend Shady Oaks Baptist... Continue Reading →

Life In Adoption

WOW!  What a whirlwind of a summer!  We brought Lottie home on June 17th and I thought this would be a good time to update everyone on how things are going!  Here are the highlights. Lottie is full of energy, joy, laughter, and many other emotions! Our family is bonding with her and this is... Continue Reading →

To The Class Of 2017!

CLASS OF 2017...Congratulations!  You did it.  You made it through all the homework, tests, projects, papers, and stress.  Most likely you have positioned yourself to move on to bigger and better things. If you're a Christian graduate, the next step is diving into another degree or a new career.  No matter where you are headed, I would like... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑