I know what caused the attacks in Paris this past week. I know it because I have felt the cause in my own heart and in my own life. I am not talking about the inclination towards sin that we as humans all share, I am talking about something more specific to our day and age. I am talking about something that has the potential to destroy our society and quite possibly humanity from the inside out.Read More
Picture this scenario for me:
What if we all stopped talking to each other? What do you think would happen?
What if we stopped caring about the real needs in our communities, stopped dreaming about creative ways to meet them?
What if we stopped pursuing truth in all facets of our life and experience?Read More
As Christians, we are known throughout America for what we are against. From exaggeration to actual, from truth to stereotype, from abortion to Disney movies, the world can often see us as a people driven by a need to boycott.
Because of this, I want to put on record why I am pro-Halloween.
To be clear, this is not to say that I am pro-all-halloween. You will never see me dressed as a scantily-clad nurse. You will never catch me flippantly or actively engaging in anything that conjures up spirits or demons. That is not something I want to mess around about. You will also never catch me eating candy corn. It’s basically wax, people.Read More
You know that feeling you get after a really good conversation with somebody? You feel like you were heard and appreciated just for who you are. You come away feeling inspired, encouraged, challenged; maybe all of those things at once.
That experience can sometimes be just what you need to keep moving forward in life.Read More
A storm in the gulf.
Don't sweat it, we've been here before.
If he goes, I'll go. He's gone, let's go.
We'll be back. 3-4 days max.
Can't believe we're not passed the east.
Leave the car in AL, we'll get it next week.
Sitting, waiting, watching, weeping.
What is going on? How can this happen?
You got text? Where ya at?
Days, weeks, months.
I gotta get back. MS? I'm in.
Devastion. Thousands in need. Church on the rise.
I'm listening Jesus. I'll go.
NOLA is open.
Causeway. Skyline. Home...I think.
No Words. Not much left.
After decades of decline and decay, Hurricane Katrina seemed to be the inevitable end to a once great American city. What has transpired over the past decade—not just in a few New Orleans neighborhoods, but across the whole greater New Orleans region—is an amazing story. At this important milestone, as the nation remembers how far we’ve come since 2005, it is also important to note that in some ways the real work is still ahead in this region's journey towards the next 2 decades. Over the past 7+ years, my family and I have been involved in the recovery in several avenues throughout our city. Most recently, the last few months, Pastor Rob Wilton and I have had the opportunity to serve alongside an organization that is leading the leaders of this region. Michael Hecht and GNO Inc. are a constant motivational voice inspiring our region as we together not only rebuild but reach new heights.Read More
I’m originally not from New Orleans, so my view of the city is from an outside perspective coming in.
This past August, I moved to New Orleans to attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I moved into an apartment on campus and began to explore the area of Gentilly that surrounded the seminary.Read More
My wife and I have been living in Mid-City for over two years now and have enjoyed every minute of it. This is truly a fascinating time to live in this part of the city as it has become a center of change, growth and culture.Read More
We’ve all had that moment. You are at the store or standing in line at the bank. Your child, filled with excitement and wonder at the world, takes notice of the person behind you. “Momma, that person looks funny,” they exclaim or perhaps it is something even worse.Read More
There have long been countries that are “closed” to the gospel, which is to say that it is illegal to share the gospel there, but I recently learned of a new barrier to sending full-time missionaries into cities across the world. Essentially, countries are looking at a missionary’s visa that says that he or she wishes to go to a certain city to be a full-time missionary and rejecting it because that is not what they think they need.Read More