A Quick Guide to Interpret the Bible

Here are some quick questions that may help you interpret a biblical text: THE CONTEXTUAL TEST– What did it mean then? Who is writing? Who are they writing to? Why are they writing? THE PERSPICUITY TEST– What does it say? (The perspicuity of Scripture- trust the clarity of scriptures) What principles are being communicated? What does this…

Free Books! The secret to free learning.

I went to Barnes and Nobles the other day for a “study day”, which I do occasionally. Usually this isn’t a big deal–I grab some books, take them to a table and dig in. Only this time, the manager came up to me and asked me why I had so many books (I had about…

Defining Success

I used to define success by what I could achieve.  I only found value in myself if I was living up to the expectations of myself and others.  I was only satisfied when the church was full and momentum was in full swing.  The result was that I always felt as if I was playing…

Facebook is ruining you.

I’m currently researching sermons for 2015 and one topic I am going to talk about is depression. Depression is something that I struggled with from around age 12 until age 35. It was a dark cloud that hung over some of the greatest days of my life. I am so glad that Facebook wasn’t a…

The Now is Awesome!

We’ve been having to check my son’s blood sugar every couple of hours, which means Erica and I are taking turns checking him at night.  (She gets the crappy 3am shift and lets me have the midnight shift most nights.) I usually try to get in bed before midnight, so I’m often sound asleep when…

Forgotten God (A quote by Abraham Lincoln)

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied…

Dark vs Light

At the coffee shop this morning, I overheard three gentlemen talking about dark vs. light. One of them made the case that the world is simply dark vs. light. Most of the bad things that occur and make news happen when people think they are in the dark. They think they will never be exposed….

A new kind of quiet- SCHOOL is Back!

I love it when my kids go back to school because I see them taking a huge step forward into their future. I see them make new friends and take on new responsibilities. I know that they are learning how to function around people they may not like or that may not like them. It…

Day 6- Cusco 2014

On Thursday, we truly saw God do great things.  We hosted an eyeglass clinic in Saqsaywaman that was a huge success.  We spent the week going to the nearby villages and sharing the gospel and then inviting people back to the location of the church we were planting.  Though we had seen some success, we primarily…

Day 5, Cusco 2014

On Wednesday, we had a very unique day.  We trekked into the mountains to a remote village.  Upon arriving, we found it was empty, except for two men building a stable.  We shared the Gospel with them, but found ourselves with a few hours to kill.  Our local pastor decided to take us to some…

Day 4, Cusco 2014

We began the day hiking along a long, beautiful road.  We came upon a couple who was washing potatoes in the river.  Our nationals called them up and we shared the story of Jesus with them.  We also enjoyed fun van ride, saw plenty of animals, and went out on the town on Tuesday night.

Day 3- Cusco, 2014

My team consisted of my brother, Jeremy, and my son, Clayton.  We each had a translator and we had several local people from the church we were helping to start.  The area we served was Saqsaywaman.  It is located in the mountains above the city and contains many important Incan archaeological sites. Monday was all…

Day 2- Cusco 2014

Sunday, July 13 Our morning began with a crazy ride through Cusco to a worship service at Global Vision Church.  It was great.  They introduced our team and treated us very kindly. After the service we ate Peruvian BBQ on the street outside the church and we played soccer with some of the locals. One…

Peru- Day 1

Day 1, July 11, 2014 We left DFW at 5:30pm on Friday, July 10 and flew all night to Lima.  We arrived at our hotel in Lima around 1:30am and slept.  We had breakfast around 9:30, then headed back to the airport to catch a flight to Cusco.  Day one was an exhausting day of…

Spring Break Mission Trip!

Today I am being trained for a two day mission trip in the city of Big D!  The trip is through e3partners.org, who we partner with at CPC to go on our Peru mission trips.  I am very thankful for e3partners for supporting me and giving me this opportunity.  I am excited to learn new…

Documentaries I’ve Seen Lately

Here are some of the documentaries I’ve watched lately. Queen of Versailles- Makes you roll your eyes at rich people. Blackfish- Makes you want to stop going to SeaWorld Talhotblond- Makes you want to unplug your computer Into the Pride- Makes you want to see a guy get eaten by lions. Expelled- Makes you think…