Why The Church Remains Divided

Jeff Uncategorized 2 Comments

Unless anyone desires to protest or prove otherwise, I am assuming we all agree that the Church is divided. The embarrassing walls between us are many: racial classifications, generational preferences, denominational traditions, liturgies, creeds, pet-doctrines, music preferences, music preferences, music preferences and, not to mention, music preferences. Frankly, if I cared to squander the time, I believe I could mention …

A Spontaneous Moment of Racial Unity

Jeff Uncategorized 2 Comments

For several weeks leading up to Sunday, August 13, 2017, I had planned to begin a new sermon series on unity in the Church. My first message was to be a strong call for the tearing down of racial division in the church and community. God had moved me to heavily promote this message on social media and I began …

Your Gift-Muscle

Jeff Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized 1 Comment

You may not have noticed, but we are subtly walking through a blog mini-series over the last four posts (including today’s). God honors the intentional communication of what His word says, and we are always helped to think about how we apply what He has written to our present-day realities.  Thus far in this little series we have covered: The …

Being Young: Promises & Pitfalls

Jeff Uncategorized 0 Comments

Over the last two years, an awareness that I am no longer the young kid has found me. I began full-time vocational ministry twenty years ago at age twenty-seven. Our church was an older group of people back then, and I regularly found myself as the youngest person in leadership meetings, conferences and fellowships. I actually enjoyed the privilege of …

Honest Thoughts On Growing Pains

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Herein we find the reason for so much of life’s poundings.  Those three words, “sanctify you completely” reflect the determination of God for every one of …

The Breakup Letter I Should Have Written Sooner

Jeff Uncategorized

September 20, 2005 Dearest Religion, It has been a long journey together, but today I need to let you know that I have finally decided to leave you for good. You may be surprised by what seems like a sudden decision on my part but, if you will search your heart, you will have to confess that you likely saw …

You & Holy Spirit

Jeff Holy Spirit, Uncategorized

If someone asked you if you would want to spend today with Jesus walking right by your side, physically present with you, able to be seen, heard and touched, you would likely not hesitate to affirm that you would love this opportunity. I believe that most of us would trade anything for this possibility. Can you imagine what it would …

Two Seasons For Growth – Part 2

Jeff Uncategorized

I began first grade in 1975 in Doraville, GA.  My family lived in an apartment complex called Plymouth Colony and, though we had next to nothing, I remember that year as a really happy time. In those days, a six-year-old could walk out of his family’s apartment on a Saturday at 9 AM and stay gone for hours, playing with …

Joy Continues On (Final Thoughts on Joy)

Jeff joy, Uncategorized

Weary of your struggles or suffering?  You cannot wish it away or ignore it into oblivion.  When pain comes it can do a number on us in a short time.  When it remains, it can actually influence us so much that we change into a person different from who we were before the pain arrived.  When we respond properly to suffering …

Finding The Changing Room

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

“…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3 What a drudgery life can be when our wardrobe is nothing other than cloaks woven with the threads of a heavy spirit. Sunshine and blue skies seem hollow. The loud laughter of fretless children is irritating to our preoccupied minds. Under the spirit of heaviness, a banquet fit for a …

Wanna Fight?

Jeff Cultural Observations, Uncategorized

The last couple of generations of American males have been taught that fighting is bad. My son got suspended from school in fourth grade for fighting back against a fifth grader who cornered him in a bathroom. The assistant principal actually told him that, instead of defending himself, he should have gone and gotten a teacher…while he was in a …

A Rapidly Rising Prayer

Jeff Uncategorized

Father, On this day we come before You with nothing that You need.  We cannot fathom that You have eternally existed in perfect self-sufficiency.  You needed nothing before You created angels.  You needed nothing before making space and time and all matter.  Before Adam was formed, there was nothing lacking in You. When we slow down and remember that You …

Check Back Next Week…

Jeff Uncategorized

Thanks to those of you who have contacted me, asking about the next part of the blogged testimony which I have been sharing lately. I really want to finish the series up in (hopefully) just one more post.  My plan is to tackle that early next week.  Until then, Happy Memorial Day weekend. I hope you will join me in …

Part Two: Surpised By A Joy-Ambush

Jeff Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Uncategorized

Because I have been asked to share my story as it pertains to the migration from Baptist cessationist to one who believes in the ongoing availability of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it seemed prudent to put it down in writing for any who wished to understand the dynamics that led up to such a significant shift in my theology …

Woman To Woman – Amy Lyle on Mothering

Jeff Uncategorized

Four moms have influenced me during my life: the mom who gave birth to me and raised me until the age of nine. The mom who married my dad when I was twelve years old, and who loved me unconditionally, and who taught me not to fear. The mother in law who exemplified Christ to me for 13+ years until …

So, Where Do You Stand?

Jeff Bible, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

In John 8:31-32 Jesus said to some who had believed on Him: “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Abiding in the truth given by Jesus validates that we are His followers. This abiding in His truth, according to Jesus, leads to ongoing …

An Open Word About My Approach To Controversial Doctrine

Jeff Holy Spirit, Uncategorized

What an interesting first few months of 2015 it has been.  Going back to the late summer of last year, I knew God was stirring in me to share what He had been layering in my heart concerning the need for His presence and power in the modern church.  Deeply concerned that we biblical conservatives have unwittingly embraced a modified Trinity of “Father, …

Relentless Love

Jeff Uncategorized

God’s love is not conditioned on you deserving it. God’s love is not for sale that you might work for it. God’s love is not a response to anything lovable in you. God’s love does not increase or diminish based on what is happening in your life. God’s love motivates Him in all of His activity towards you. God’s love …

Out On Your Limb

Jeff FAITH, Sundays, Uncategorized

Sometimes it lodges in pretty deep before we are even aware of it. Somewhat like a blemish that appears on your face overnight while you slept – you wake up and discover something is gnawing at you. Often the result is irritability, or perhaps a blueness of heart that attaches itself to you like lint from the dryer. You can’t …

A Precious Tribute

Jeff Uncategorized

It has been a while since my friend, Shirsten Dreyer, has posted here and I was so blessed when she answered my request for her to send something for the TT blog.  As I read her words below about one of her mentors, it made me grateful for the older men in my own life who have helped me along …

Too Soon

Jeff Relationships, Uncategorized

We have all done it.  A chunk of data finds its way onto the hard drive of our mind and we select a folder, place that data within and encrypt so it cannot be accessed, or deleted by another.  We have all made snap-judgments, formulated prejudices and rendered verdicts without having the necessary component of knowing the full disclosure of …

Pretty Sure

Jeff Uncategorized

I’m pretty sure I heard God chuckle when I handed him a piece of paper with my own plans for my life written down. I’m pretty sure I heard that paper being crumpled up by a gentle, omnipotent hand and I’m pretty sure He had a compassionate smile on His face as He did so. I’m pretty sure I heard …

Toad-Taught Theology

Jeff Uncategorized, Wisdom, Worship

Walking into my office this morning, my attention was drawn to an object perched right outside my door, directly in the light from the streetlamp. As I took a few steps closer I realized that I was looking at a large brown toad who was enjoying the predawn moisture from the sidewalk as he must have been pondering the majestic …