I’m excited to teach a new course on “Blogging for Ministry” this winter at Dallas Theological Seminary.

This course will introduce the nuts and bolts of blogging as an effective ministry tool. The students will learn to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog, choose a niche audience, maintain a blogging schedule, apply creativity to repurposing content, write for search engine optimization (SEO), set up and grow an email list, learn tips and tools to maximize productivity, utilize Google Analytics, and implement an effective social media strategy. The course will also discuss the balance of promotion, monetization, and motives in the context of a blogging ministry.

Date: January 8, 2018—January 12, 2018
Time: 08:00 a.m.-05:00 p.m.
Event: Blogging for Ministry Course
Venue: Dallas Theological Seminary
800-387-9673
Location: 3909 Swiss Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

You will need to be a student at Dallas Theological Seminary to register for this class.

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre Shows Our Need for a Savior

How the site demonstrates the need for the place it hallows.

One of the biggest surprises to Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem occurs when they step inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection falls short of the expectations of many Christians accustomed to Western worship.

Gold drips from icons. Chanting fills the spaces. Incense rises between cold stone walls. Six sects of Christendom betray jealous rivalries over the goings-on within. Territorial fistfights even occur on occasion.

The Holy Sepulchre's dome covers Christ's tomb

(Photo: The Holy Sepulchre’s dome covers Christ’s tomb. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Without proper mental preparation, a Christian pilgrim may see only the distracting depravity of religion that has affixed itself to this site like barnacles on sunken treasure.

But if we look past today’s traditionalism to history’s tradition, we find an unbroken connection to the central event of all time—the redemption of the universe.

For in this place, Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again.

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You Have a Spiritual Freedom You May Not Realize

Juneteenth offers an essential reminder to our spiritual lives

Freedom from anything begins by knowing you are free. Juneteenth is short for June 19th—a state holiday in Texas. It commemorates the day in 1865 that good news arrived.

You Have a Spiritual Freedom You May Not Realize

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Juneteenth teaches us something important about freedom: it’s useless unless you know it’s true and you live like it.

As a Christian, you have a spiritual freedom you may not even realize.

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I’m excited to teach at Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish, Montana on the topic: “Lasting Lessons from the Land of the Bible.” I will center my teaching around key sites in the Holy Land; the amazing events that occurred at each site, and application for life today.

Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Event: Lasting Lessons from the Land of the Bible
Topic: "Lasting Lessons from the Land of the Bible"
Sponsor: Christ Lutheran Church
Venue: Christ Lutheran Church Whitefish
406-862-2615
Location: 5150 River Lakes Parkway
Whitefish, MT 59937
United States
Public: Public

How Jesus’ Powerful Personal Hope Can Lift You Up

The geography of the Ark of the Covenant mirrors Jesus' Ascension—and ours.

Do you know what one, primary, personal hope drove Jesus’ life? What He looked forward to the most? It’s important we do know, because the same hope should drive our lives.

How Jesus’ Powerful Personal Hope Can Lift You Up

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As I have read the gospels, one reality has jumped out at me stronger than ever. Jesus’ goal was not merely the cross. Even as great as the resurrection was, Jesus still had another hope beyond that.

It’s good news you can apply by the end of this blog post—and then for the rest of your life.

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Why Your Spiritual Consistency is Worth the Cost

The benefits far outweigh what you pay each day to walk faithfully.

Mondays are not the best days for car trouble. One morning I hopped in my car and inserted the key in the ignition. When I cranked it—I kid you not—the car made the sound: “Ugh.”

So I pulled out the jumper cables. But two days later, the car sang the second verse of the same song: “Ugghhh.”

Why Your Spiritual Consistency is Worth the Cost

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Later that day, my auto mechanic gave a simple diagnosis: I needed a new battery.

Now, I could have said: “Hey, you know, a car starting every other day isn’t so bad. It sure beats walking. I guess I don’t need a battery.” Guess again. I bought a battery—a big one. If my vehicle runs inconsistently, it’s of little value to me. At the same time, keeping the car running reliably comes down to one thing. 

It costs me.

The same is true of our spiritual lives.

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If You’ve Ever Thought of Touring the Holy Land, Now is the Time

It’s a fact: a tour to Israel changes the way you read your Bible. I’ve seen in the lives of hundreds of Christians. I’ve experienced it myself. If you’ve been, you know what I mean. If you have yet to go, now is the time. 

10 Reasons a Tour to Israel Belongs on Your Bucket List

(Photo: Mount Arbel overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

I’m convinced you should do your best to take a tour to Israel at least once in your life.

Here are 10 reasons you should consider going to the Holy Land now.

(By the way, if you’d like to join Cathy and me for our tour this fall, time is short! The tour is filling up and registration ends next month. Get more info here. There’s also a tour next March.)

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I’m excited to lead an upcoming tour to the Holy Land which will focus exclusively on applying select Old and New Testament sites to your life. This will be an exclusive, one-bus tour, seeing sites that average tours to Israel don’t get to see—around a theme most never get to experience first-hand. Click for more information.

I hope you’ll join Cathy and me for this trip of a lifetime.

Date: March 16, 2018—March 27, 2018
Event: Journey through the Holy Land
Topic: Journey through the Holy Land
Sponsor: Imagine Tours and Travel
863.709.9208
Venue: Israel
Location: Israel
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Download a brochure with all the details.

I’m excited to lead an upcoming tour to the Holy Land which will focus exclusively on applying select Old and New Testament sites to your life. This will be an exclusive, one-bus tour, seeing sites that average tours to Israel don’t get to see—around a theme most never get to experience first-hand. Click for more information.

I hope you’ll join Cathy and me for this trip of a lifetime.

Date: October 26, 2017—November 6, 2017
Event: Journey through the Holy Land
Topic: Journey through the Holy Land
Sponsor: Imagine Tours and Travel
863.709.9208
Venue: Israel
Location: Israel
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Download a brochure with all the details.