I have heard people in leadership circles mention this phrase, “Start with the why!”
Implying, before you begin anything new, ask yourself, “Why are we doing this?”
This is definitely a fair question to ask, in fact, it’s a valuable question to reflect on and wrestle with as you go forward in your life.
So, today, I’m taking the opportunity to answer the question. I want to define the why.
I am planting a church in Elkins, WV. I am pretty excited about it. I believe God has called me to this and I trust He will provide the necessary pieces to accomplish the task.
However, I also know I need to be prepared to answer questions and respond to requests.
Why am I planting a church and why in Elkins, WV?
God is relentlessly pursuing His creation and He needs His Church to be active in revealing His call!
That is why!
I cannot sit on my hands and wait for other people to reach the broken and lost. I have to act on my calling as a pastor to serve the community, and strengthen the lives of those who are seeking hope in our Savior.
That’s my why!
I long to see people come to be healed in their lives through the love of their Creator. I strive to be light in a dark world in order to reveal freedom from sin through the redemptive act of Jesus on the cross. I want to point people towards Christ and help them understand He is for them.
My why is important. It drives me. It pushes me to be better. It encourages me to love others more and serve people selflessly. It defines my purpose in my journey.
May you come to discover your why. May you come to understand your purpose and why you are designed to go that direction. May you see your why as a part of God’s bigger story unfolding in our lives.
Peace and blessings friends.
QUESTION: Why do you do what you do?
I have been involved in some difficult conversations about church during my time in ministry. I have had people tell me they can’t stand church, but they love Jesus. I have had people share their pain from past experiences in congregations. They share about judgment, ridicule, Every time I hear something like this, my heart hurts.
Why do we have so many churches hurting people? Read More
I have been silent on writing my blog for a bit. My wife and I are expecting our third child any day now! So, I am taking some time off from writing my blog to be ready, and awake, when she goes into labor. I normally do my blog writing 10pm-12am so, I need sleep before the baby gets here.
In the meantime, I will be writing my third book during my step away from the blog.
Actually, to be honest, I have been writing it for a couple months now, but I will be focusing on the new book a bit more. I can write my book throughout the day, and I have normally been writing during the afternoon anyway.
As for now, if you’re interested in checking out one of the other books I have written, I am including them here.
I’m looking forward to returning to the blog soon, but I am totally looking forward to the new baby and other fun events occurring for us in these next months!
Thanks for following!
My wife and I are expecting a new addition to our family any day now. Our third baby is due on July 15th and we are getting pretty excited! We are going to be surprised on this one. We already have a boy and a girl, so we have everything we need for whatever appears.
My wife is a beautiful woman, but I feel like her beauty shines even greater when she is pregnant. She loves being pregnant too, so I’m sure since she is doing something she loves, she glows.
One thing I have noticed in her pregnancies, actually I have become sensitive to it, is people making comments that are not very considerate of her feelings or emotions. In fact, I have learned from some of our other pregnant friends and others who have been pregnant, this is not rare.
Then, I began to recognize something about society and its ability to really bring a woman down with words and images. Another interesting observation I have made, is far too often, a large amount of the hurtful words that are pointed towards women, come from other women. Read More
We are in an interesting time in our world, especially in the United States of America. Racial tension, political unrest, and financial stress are heavy topics, and at least one, if not all three, are weighing heavy on the minds of all people.
These issues are creating struggle and strife in all of us, yet we all feel discomfort when it any of them are mentioned from the pulpit. We will share posts on social media addressing the issue, we will complain to our friends via text, but we feel like the pulpit should refrain from being a place money, politics, or racism should be addressed. Read More
As I begin the process of planting a church, I have had several conversations with people seeking a different way for church to work. They have had painful experiences that pushed them out the doors of many churches and seeking faith answers elsewhere.
My heart broke as I heard one person share their inability to feel comfortable in a church that won’t allow them to wear jeans and a t-shirt. They felt judged and insecure.
Another shared their fear of not understanding traditions. They said, “I wasn’t raised in the church. So, if I walked into a church that had a lot of rituals that I didn’t understand, I would most likely leave.”
Finally, there was one person who shared their heartache because they walked into an older congregation and got cold, blank stares. Nobody said hello, but when they didn’t take communion right, it shifted to people ridiculing and making sounds of disgust. They didn’t know they weren’t supposed to take the bread back to their seat. A simple mistake for someone who was raised in a different faith tradition and didn’t experience communion.
All these issues might not seem big to some of you, but for me, it’s huge! Read More
Have you ever felt like you can’t slow down? You know what I’m talking about, right? The point when your calendar is overlapping and you have no way to keep up.
None of us feel good about that. Nobody is sitting looking at their schedule and saying, “Hmmm…well, it looks like I am not running in three different direction tomorrow, so how can I fill it up?”
Nobody does that.
Yet, for some reason, we pride ourselves on being busy. It seems like if we don’t reply, “So busy” when someone asks, “How are you doing?” we are failing.
Life can be crazy busy and out of control, if we can’t find balance.
We have to learn how to balance life with life. Read More
“‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.'”- Matthew 22:36-40
This is a topic I wanted to write on, but I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go. Then, I heard of the tragedy in Portland, Oregon a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to shine light on the lives of men who stood up for what was right.
For those of you who have not heard, there was a deranged individual who was calling two young women racial slurs, while speaking hatefully about people from different countries. (Portland Train Incident)
When the girls felt threatened, they moved away from the man. A couple men, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best, stepped in to calm him down, but also tell him he could not speak to women in such a hateful way. They stood up for their neighbor. They stood up to defend the defenseless.
Then, something unimaginable occurred, when Namkai-Meche and Best got into a verbal altercation with the suspect. Suddenly, the suspect pulled out a knife, stabbing both men in the neck. They both lost their life standing up for these young women. Read More