August 25, 2014

Over the past few months as I have gotten ready to venture farther west and farther up I have been asked time and again, “Why this?” Such a simple question cannot be answered in kind. For the answer is not a simple statement over which I have read or a place in which I wish to live. The answer to this question is a story. It is my story. And these next few years in Oregon are the next chapter. But as with any story it cannot be started in the middle with answers to question you know not. So this is my answer to the question, this is the story of how such a thing came to pass. 

When I was 19 years old I moved to Cork City, Ireland to intern at Donnybrook Pentecostal Church, now Cork Church. While there I lived in a rundown old blue house that dated older that the country which issued my passport to live there. It was a time in which God broke and mended my soul like no other. One evening, as was the case with many evening there, a few of us sat around the dinner table after the meal was...

August 4, 2014

"But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith."
Galatians 3:25-26

At the moment I am taking a breath after spending the better part of the last week and a half leading a mission trip for a youth group from New York City and for the most part I have been encouraged by the desire that I saw in them to dive deeper into the things of God that most people fear to look into. To be honest, the only person who didn’t want to lay it all on the line and dig into the hard parts of God’s Word was one of their leaders with a Bible College Degree, but that’s a different story for a different day. We spoke of the Sovereignty of God; the return of Christ, the role of the Church, asked who are the Beloved of Christ, and much more.

In all this I was deeply moved, but there was one thing that was said that I couldn’t shake. It’s something that I have said myself and something I’m sure that you have uttered if you have spent anyti...

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