About The Blog:
In his book Discipleship Dietrich Bonhoeffer made the statement that Christians are “to follow Jesus into the world.” Unfortunately, American Christians have been plagued by layers of divisions along the lines of church/state, church/world, sacred/secular, and Christian/Non-Christian to the extent that many do not shine their light in the darkness. Many prefer instead to play laser tag with their flashlights.
On the one hand, this makes sense in light of 1 John 2:15 and John’s command to Christians not to love the world or anything in it. On the other hand, however, John’s brother Jesus commands His followers to go all over the world to make disciples. How then are Christians to live within this biblical tension?
The goal of this blog is to minister within this tension. My purpose is to help readers to think deeply about the Great Commission, its implications, and its application. Essentially, I view this call to “make disciples” as an interaction between the three areas of theology, culture, and ministry. The Bible is what sets the standards and portrays the reality for the ways in which Christians live in this fallen world. The gathering of humans in different contexts results in the forming of cultures. And, ministry is what happens when Gospel-bearers begin to preach to these various cultures.
About The Author:
I am a the teaching pastor at LifePoint Church in Plano, TX. I have been described as an evangelical Christian with Baptist and charismatic tendencies. I have been married to Natalie since 2004. I was raised in an atheist worldview but came to believe in Jesus during my teenage years. I am a writer in the areas of discipleship, American church history, apologetics, and practical theology.
- PhD in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2011)
- MDiv, Truett Theological Seminary (2007)
- BA in Business Administration – Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society, Baylor University (2004)
- Academic Organizations
- Evangelical Theological Society (2007–present)
- Conference on Faith and History (2007–present)
- American Society of Church History (2007–present)
- Co-author along with Ken Albert and Susan Fletcher of the book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words, available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.