Monday, September 30, 2013

Re | Engage

This past weekend 13 married couples from the church gathered at Cumberland Falls State park and participated in a Re | Engage Marriage Retreat. Dr. Scott and Elizabeth Wigginton were the facilitators. It was a great opportunity for couples to clear away the clutter and focus on what's important. A big thanks to Shaun and Paige Hord for their leadership in marriage ministry and coordinating a wonderful weekend!

Starting Wednesday, October 16th, Shaun and Paige will be leading a Wednesday Night Deeper Life Group called "The Marriage Challenge." This class will be a highly interactive time with your spouse. I am very excited for the opportunities for strengthening marriages. If you're not serving in another group on Wednesday nights, be sure to put this on your calendars! 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Five (9/27/13)

It's time for this week's installment of helpful, humorous, and some other "h" word that would create alliteration images, videos, and links to lighten and enlighten your day!

1. Favorite Article for Parents - Make Time Matter More - (via Orange Parents)
Three practical ideas to make the little time you have with your child matter more: Count It Down, Mark It Up, and Measure It Out. Read about these here.

2. Favorite Hairstyle - The Hair Net - (via Neatorama)

4. Favorite Cell Phone Commercial - TrueMove: Giving - (via YouTube)

It's done in Thai, so you'll have to read the subtitles.

5. Favorite Art - (via Laughing Squid)

**Disclaimer: I can't decide if this is sacrilegious or hilarious. You decide. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Doubt (from the archives)

**This post is from October 2012

You remember when you first began to doubt the existence of the tooth fairy? When you started considering the validity of a fairy who collected little children's teeth? The whole concept is creepy. She sneaks into your room while you're asleep and takes teeth. Ever wonder why we believe this in the first place? Ah...yes, the cash. As the whole fairy thing begins to unravel, the idea of a giant bunny that delivers eggs every spring or a man in a red all gets sticky. 

When it comes to doubt, the only thing we know for certain is that everyone has it. We often talk about people who doubt as less spiritual or weak. We associate certainty with strong leaders. What if I never doubted. What if I never questioned the existence of the tooth fairy? While I might be an interesting person to talk to, you certainly wouldn't take me seriously. Doubt isn't always a bad thing. It can actually be a very good thing or a very destructive thing.

The Bible tells the story of a man who mastered learning to live in faith while dealing with doubt. His name is Nicodemus, and he is one of the few people, apart from the disciples, who the Gospels record interacting with Jesus throughout the course of Jesus’ ministry. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, so he was kind of a big deal in the Jewish community. If you think about the synagogues as a kind of private school for that time, the Pharisees would be like the honor students—the ones with the high SAT scores and off-the-charts GPAs.
Nic and Jesus had an interesting dialog in John chapter 3:

Nic: “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God” (John 3:2 NIV).

Jesus: “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3 NIV).

At this point, Nic has to be confused. He was tracking with Jesus until this point. Here we begin to see his doubt:

Nic: “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” (John 3:4 NIV).

Somehow, it didn't seem to matter that his first encounter with Jesus left him with doubts. We know Nic continued to work through some things with his faith. The last time we hear from Nicodemus is in John 19, following Jesus' crucifixion. Jesus' disciples had all scattered in fear, the women were mourning and only two men remained to deal with the aftermath: Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Nicodemus, an otherwise pretty important guy, took time off from a major Jewish holiday to come to the cross to prepare Jesus for His burial.

Somehow Nic managed to believe and to live in spite of his doubts. 

We have to figure out what we are going to do with the faith that we have. We don't know that Nicodemus ever got all of his questions answered. There's no book, chapter, and verse that says so. We have do determine what we are going to do with the doubt that we do have. 

Let us learn to embrace the doubt and allow it to lead us to belief.

You can read part two of this post here

Monday, September 23, 2013

Rooted in Study.

Last Monday I recapped a little about what it means to be "rooted in God's love." We have identified 6 areas of God's love that we call "Expressions of God's Love." They are: Study, Prayer, Stewardship, Discipleship, Community, and Service. 

Today, I want to focus a little more closely on the first expression, Study. This is the first of three expressions on the "Love God" side of becoming "rooted." We evaluate study using this statement: 
"I am deepening my understanding of God's word through regular study and other resources."
I know something about you that you don't really want to admit. Studying God's word is tough. It's tough to be motivated, sometimes it's tough to understand, and sometimes you just don't want to hear what it has to say. You know how I know this? Because I have said all of those things before. Here's the other thing I know: when I faithfully study God's word, my life is enriched, I make better decisions, I am a better husband, father, a minister. 

God says:
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me empty,  but will accomplish what I desire  and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
When I invest in my IRA my investment could return void, or at least lose value. When I invest God's word into my heart, mind, and soul, it will never return empty. 

Those are nice words, but it doesn't make it easier to do, does it? Investing God's word into your heart, soul, and mind can feel so overwhelming that it is easier simply not to do it. 

Beginning October 13th, we're going to be giving you some great resources to study God's word through our series called, 40 Day's in the Word. Through this sermon series and corresponding small group study you will learn that becoming a student of God's word is attainable. You don't have to be a Bible scholar to gain insights from God's word. You will learn practical skills and have the opportunity to hone those skills within the context of community. God's word is the most valuable resource we have on this earth. Let's not let it collect dust any longer. 


Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Five - 9/20/13

1. Favorite Parenting Article - Secrets for Dad's From a Daughter - (via Orange Parents)
Secret one: Rolling my eyes didn’t always mean what I was communicating to you.
I remember rolling my eyes as a little girl when my dad needed to take me by his office. The funny thing is I also remember REALLY wanting to go. I just didn’t want him to know that. Yes, we do play games, and I’m sorry it’s so confusing! I loved feeling like I was important enough to be around my dad’s workplace. It made me feel like he was proud to be my dad. READ THE REST HERE. 
2. Favorite Article for Everyone - 5 Alternatives to Gossip - (via Ron Edmunson)
 1. Say Nothing At All - As the saying goes, “If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.” Silence can be golden. Proverbs 17 says, “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue” (17:27-28). READ THE REST HERE.
3. Favorite Picture - Walking With Attitude - (via My Modern Met)

4. Favorite Video - Frame of Mind - (via YouTube)

5. Favorite Dizzying Video - Cheerleader Sets Record With 40 Backflips - (via YouTube)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Ripple Effect...(from the archives)

*This post is from the archives from December 2012*

Ripple Effect

I met a man the other day with a very troubled past. Very troubled. He'd spent a significant amount of time in prison, with a past of drug and alcohol abuse. He's recovering and seems to be doing quite well. 

We spent a couple days together as we were painting my living room. We talked about life, faith, and our personal journeys. At one point we started talking about our church experience. This conversation has haunted me for days now. 

He explained to me that, as a child, his father would take him and his siblings to church every Sunday morning and evening...until one night. It was an after church congregational meeting. A church member began to stir up some controversy surrounding the preacher and had gotten this meeting together to drop the bomb on the preacher that he was going to be fired. The preacher and a significant portion of the congregation was oblivious to the plan. As he describes it, the meeting turned ugly, people were shouting and arguing, and as a result this man's father gathered up the kids and walked out of the church, never again to any church. His father response? "We don't need this!" 

For this man, that was his last experience with the church. He relayed the story to me as though it had happened yesterday, but it had been 40 years earlier. 

I don't know who was right and who was wrong in this situation at his childhood church, and it really doesn't matter. What mattered were the attitudes and actions of Christians. Now, hear me out, I don't believe that it's fair to push blame on this particular church member for all of this man's poor life choices, but what if that moment, in that church building, became a defining moment for his life. 

He stopped going to church. That withdrew him from the people who could have influenced him for the positive. He begins to choose friends unwisely and ends up heading down a path of alcohol abuse, then into smoking pot, and ultimately in and out of jail on meth charges. 

Imagine with me for a bit that this church member approached his dissatisfaction with the preacher in a loving, Biblical, Matthew 18 type of way. Would things have heated up to a shouting match in a congregational meeting? Would that little boy be dragged out of church by his father never to return? I don't know. 

James 1:26 says "Those who consider themselves to be religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless."

We may never know the ripple effects of our words, actions, and attitudes on the lives of those around us. We bear a powerful name, the name of Jesus Christ, and we must never lose sight of that Name.  If we are the body of Christ...

- What is Christ (you) saying at your workplace?
- What is Christ shouting at practices and ball games?
- What is Christ watching on TV, seeing on the computer, and listening to on the radio?

What is the message of Christ you are speaking? Is it true to the message of the one who redeemed you, who called you out of slavery to sin, and rescued you to new life? What will the ripple effects be of your words, actions, and attitudes today?

-- "and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5b) --

Monday, September 16, 2013

Rooted in God's Love?...what?

"Rooted In God's Love" is more than a slogan, more than a motto. It's who and what we desire to become. The leadership at Campbellsville Christian Church know that God's story in us as a congregation and as individuals is not yet fully written. As Jesus said, when asked what is the greatest commandment: "The greatest commandment: 'Love the Lord your God.' The second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself."(Matthew 22:36-40) We desire to become rooted in God's love; loving God and loving others.
A rooted Christian, one who is actively loving God and loving others in all aspects of life, stands firm in their faith in the face of trials and storms of life. Those things still challenge us and are painful, but because we are firmly rooted in God's love, we can endure. We can stand as a symbol of His strength and power. We become a living testimony to God. Below the surface, we are grounded in God's word and continually study it both individually and in community. Above ground, outwardly, we live upright and holy lives so that no one might be able to slander the name of our Creator.
So often, churches (ourselves included) have been guilty of challenging people to grow on their own, but fail to give them the tools they need to accomplish this growth. We are no longer satisfied with the status quo. We seek to provide opportunities through our various programs that you can read about on the church website; opportunities to worship as a congregation, to study together in community in the form of small groups, and to grow in our Wednesday night Deeper Life studies.
However, we want to take it a step further. We have created personal spiritual growth goals for our people. These have been written based on God's word. These goals are based in what we consider to be 6 essential Expressions of Love: Study, Prayer, Stewardship, Discipleship, Community, and Service. We believe every individual, upon the point of entering this earth to their departure, is on a journey. We want to walk alongside you and help you on your journey as you take personal responsibility for your faith. We created these goals based on age groups. 

We are also very intentional about the programs we create. We want everything we do to help you on your journey to become rooted in these six expressions of God's love. Over the next twelve months you will see a strong emphasis on Study and Service. We will still be working on the other four, but for the next year, we will focus on these two. Coming in October we will be journeying together through a church-wide study called 40 Days in the Word. For forty days we will be looking at the Bible and seeking practical ways to study God's word, not only for knowledge, but application. 

We have also created age-specific personal growth goals for every person in the church from Preschool - Senior Adults. These are big-picture ideal. Below, you will find links to image files of these goals. We have printed these goals on convenient bookmarks. If you would like to receive one of these bookmarks, please contact the church.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Five, plus an added bonus!

Here are five of my favorite videos, articles, pictures, and other links this week:

1. Favorite Parenting Article - Wanting God's Best - (via Orange Parents)
So, with that in mind, here are seven steps for use to pass on to parents about how to desire God’s best for the inhabitants of their homes. FIND OUT WHAT THEY ARE HERE
2. Favorite Marriage Article - 3 Ways To Surround Your Marriage - (via MarriedPeople)
I stumbled on a 2010 article from CNN entitled, “Could you be, ‘infected’ by a friend’s divorce?” Studies reveal the answer to that question is . . . ABSOLUTELY.
James H. Fowler, professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, said: “Not only can the risk of divorce spread from one couple to their friends or family, it can also affect relationships at least two degrees of separation away from the original couple splitting up.” The article also stated: “People who had a divorced friend were 147 percent more likely to be divorced than people whose friends’ marriages were intact.” Find out how to protect your marriage here. 
3. Favorite Birthday Party - Generic Surprise Party - (via Imgur)
Here's the back story: This guys wife didn't want anything special for her birthday. Just a "generic" party. Here's what she got:

4. Favorite Parenting Idea - Common Sense Ideas - (via Stupid Station)

5. Favorite Idea for Grandparents or Parents with Multiple Children - (via
Hurry! It's on sale for a mere $8000

BONUS: Just because I like you, check out these still images from the Disney's Lion King next to their real life counterpart. Pretty cool. You can see them all here:

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


It's easy to move on and forget. Twelve years ago the world changed. Hope was not lost, however, because over 2,000 years the world changed for all eternity. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

A clever post title.

Our baptistery has been getting a huge workout lately! Two more baptisms yesterday morning! What an exciting time in the life of the Body of Christ!

One of the most important things I tell people who are preparing to give their life to Christ is this: "Your journey doesn't stop in the water. The journey is just beginning." Once we become a Christian, then comes the hard part; dying to ourselves daily, surrendering our desires and dreams and allowing God to conform them into his desires and dreams. That's discipleship - the process of learning to follow Christ each day. 

As a church, we seek to create opportunities for all people to 1. come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. 2. become "rooted in God's love" by growing as disciples of Jesus. 

Here are a couple of opportunities coming your way...

1. Father/Son Campout - Round 2! Mark your calendar for September 20/21st at the Keltner's. If you missed our last one in early summer, you won't want to miss out on this one. If you were at the last one, make sure you sign up because we've added new activities! There will still be time for campfires, fishing, hiking, and much more! Sign up on the bulletin or contact the church office.

2. New Wednesday Night Class: Protecting Your Children in an Online World. I will be teaching a three-week seminar (Starting Sept. 18th) on social media, Internet safety, mobile devices (phones/tablets) and will be there to all your tech questions. This will be a great resource for parents, grandparents, and well...everyone! If you've never heard of SnapChat, Instagram, Tumblr, or to name a few (besides the obvious Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube) then this class is perfect for you. It's a challenge to keep up, let us help!

Finally, since I didn't do a Friday Five this week, I thought I'd end with a video...I mean, how could you go wrong with a Dubstep Thriller Dance Video?

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I am more than a watch.

A man named William Paley from the 19th century offered an argument for God as the creator. It’s called the Watchmaker Argument and you might have heard it before. Basically he says, suppose that I’m walking and I stub my toe against a rock. Suppose that the person walking with me asks, How’d that rock get there?” I might answer that for all I know it had been there forever. That wouldn’t seem too crazy right? Now, suppose both of us were walking and I found a watch on the ground, one of those old wind up watches, not the digital kind. Suppose that same person asked me how that watch got to be there. Could I answer the same? I suppose it’s been there forever? Wouldn’t that seem ridiculous? Here’s why that seems ridiculous: Upon further examination of the watch, you see what you could not see in the rock, you see that it has many little tiny parts inside that are framed and put together for a purpose. So it’s rather improbable to think that this watch has been here forever; the watch must have had a maker. There must have existed, at some time and at some place or another, a “maker” so to speak who formed this contraption for a purpose which we can see as we look at the watch. It had a maker.
For we are God’s handiwork [masterpiece], created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)
We sometimes look in a mirror , and we don’t see handiwork or a masterpiece. We see our flaws, our failures, and we don’t see anything but a big mistake. You are not a mistake. You are not worthless. If your dad told you that, he’s a liar. If your mom told you that, she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. If your employer tells you that, quit. If your girlfriend or boyfriend, husband or wife tells you that you are worthless, sit them down, grab your Bible and turn to Psalm 139 and read the words of King David, “[God] created my inmost being; he knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; [his] works are wonderful, I know that full well” (vs. 13,14).
You may not feel like a masterpiece now, but remember this, when God looks at your life He doesn’t just see what you are; He also sees what you can be.” You are God’s masterpiece.

Monday, September 2, 2013

It's Labor Day...

In Honor of Labor Day, I would like to thank my Mother for enduring the whole 15 minutes she was in Labor for me 35 years ago. Mom, I know the reward of having me as a son made it all worth it....wait...this just in...Labor Day is, in fact, not about mom's and babies. Oh. Well, this is awkward. 

Have a great day off work anyway!