I’m preaching verse-by-verse through the book of Galatians. This sermon covers Galatians 4:21-31. There are two ways to approach God: His promise or our work. One leads to freedom, and the other leads to slavery. The result of the God’s promise is not our comfort; rather it’s the freedom through salvation only Christ can give.

    In this episode, Micah and I share tips for keeping a schedule in the busiest season of the year. This episode is brought to you by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and LifeWay Pastors. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  I sat in an empty conference room going through church files. One box contained hundreds of leads from a long-gone Tuesday night outreach program. I called in a couple of deacons. “What should we do with these?” It may be the dumbest ministry question I’ve ever asked. “I don’t know. We haven’t done this program in years.” Rather than creating a plan to follow-up with some of them, the files went back in the box. The box went back on the storage shelf. God transitioned Read more [...]
    In this episode, Micah and I discuss the benefits of continuing education while pastoring an established church. This episode is brought to you by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and LifeWay Pastors. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  In my 12 years of serving on staff at churches, and in my 18 years of ministry, I’ve noticed a trend that disturbs me. At first, I didn’t do much to solve the problem. I should have done more. Now I voice concern, and I hope I’m a helpful voice. Women on church staff tend to make less than men for similar roles. Depending on how researchers do the math, the current pay gap for women on church staff is between twenty-four cents and seven cents, meaning women make anywhere between Read more [...]