Category Archives: Blog

We Are the Woman at the Well

Published by Rooted Network on September 27, 2022

I’m a 42-year-old American male, but I’m the first-century Samaritan woman at the well. You are too. So is everyone we meet. Her story is our story. Here’s what I mean . . .  We are all influenced by our culture, yet created for a...

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What Four Gospels Teach Us About Disciple-Making

Published by Rooted Network on September 20, 2022

Have you ever wondered why there are four gospels instead of just one? I mean, setting the historical reasoning aside, have you ever wondered why God, in His wisdom, decided the Bible would contain these four accounts of the same events? Tons...

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Your Gospel Identity is Better than “Super-Pastor”

Published by Rooted Network on September 13, 2022

Henri Nouwen, once wrote, “We ministers may have become so available that there is too much presence and too little absence … too much of us and too little of God and his Spirit.” As leaders, our presence can become a hindrance instead of a...

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How God REALLY Sees Us

Published by Rooted Network on September 6, 2022

  Last I checked, there were 861,000 self-help books available on Amazon. The sheer popularity of self-help books points to the reality that humans live with an insatiable longing for something more, something better. This is why we keep...

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How Theology Is Essential for Healthy Disciples

Published by Rooted Network on August 30, 2022

Theology. Most refrain from conversations surrounding this subject because they believe it belongs in classrooms and colleges, not within conventional or conversational ministry. But what does it actually mean? In Greek, Theos (θεός) means...

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5 Ways “Missional” Churches Can Miss the Mission of God

Published by Rooted Network on August 23, 2022

Missional has been a buzzword among Christian leaders, especially over the past few decades. People, churches, and even organizations want to be missional, but where does the traditional understanding of missions around the world fit in? I agree...

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3 Reminders from Teaching Theology to Church Leaders

Published by Rooted Network on August 16, 2022

A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of leading a study on systematic theology for leaders of our church. I’m so grateful for these people and am honored to serve alongside them here in our community. That experience proved to be...

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Does Theology Really Matter?

Published by Rooted Network on August 9, 2022

  If you went to seminary or Bible College before entering church work and leadership, you probably resonate with what many feel early on—surprise at how little it feels like we use our seminary knowledge. I mean, no one that comes into...

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My Four-Year-Old is a Theologian

Published by Rooted Network on August 2, 2022

I arrived home after church one Sunday. We had just started a brand-new series called, “A Firm Foundation.” The eleven-week series focused on the core doctrine of the church.  As I sat down for lunch with my family, my daughter Hayley...

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Sabbath Rest: Legalistic or Liberating?

Published by Rooted Network on July 26, 2022

  Sabbath has always been part of my life, but it hasn’t necessarily been restful. My dad began working for a church two weeks before I was born, so I literally can’t remember a time when church schedules or biblical principles...

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