Fleeing Youthful Lusts Isn’t Enough

Fleeing youthful lusts isn’t enough. I use to think it was. In college, I wanted to live a pure life, so I found some verses to memorize.  One verse I always heard people reference was 2 Tim. 2:22: “Now flee from youthful lusts…” And so I tried to do that.  Lust can mean a host of things.  While it is

1 Decade at North Side

This weekend is a pretty special one for me.  On Sunday, I celebrate two events:

First, I am turning 32.  Just seeing that number is kinda crazy to me.  It’s not a depressing thing, but it just represents a lot of life that God has allowed me to live.  I am very grateful.

Second, I am celebrating 1 decade of being a pastor at North Side Baptist Church.  In a time when some stats say that ministers stay at a church for an average of 2 years, it seems hard to imagine staying somewhere for 10.

10 years ago on my birthday, I began moving my books into an office in the Family Life Center to serve as a full-time yet part-time College and Missions Pastor.  I had just finished up a summer serving M-Fuge in St. Louis, I was engaged to the best girl in the entire world, and I had a hopeful disposition to what was awaiting at North Side.

Things have changed in the last 10 years just a little bit:


One Doctrine

[This picture was taken before soundcheck on my phone.  The light hit perfectly catching my two youngins eating breakfast and getting ready to jam out with Daddy and Mommy.] Wow.  What a huge day to celebrate Jesus and focus on North Side striving together for one doctrine. In an increasingly biblically illiterate society, we must commit ourselves now more than

Promised Persecution

“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”  -2 Tim. 3:12 This is not many people’s favorite Bible verse.  I rarely hear devotions or sermons on 2 Tim. 3:12.  We like to remember God’s promises of well-being and good fortune our way, but when do we ever receive persecution and rise up and thank God.