My Top 5 Posts from 2012

Believe it or not 2012 is coming to a close and 2013 is right around the corner.  To close out the year, I'd figure I'd share my top 5 blog posts from this past year.  These were my five posts that got the most views  and where the most popular.  

1. Rethinking Worship Wars

The wonderful people at worshipideas.com picked up this blog, and gave me a lot of extra visitors.  There help made this my number one blog of the year.  Here is an exerpt:

"The New Testament does not prescribe a particular style of worship to the church.  In fact, the New Testament is shockingly silent in discussing how to structure worship services.  I think both sides of the debate need to come to the realization that there are far more important things to focus on than worship style.  You can have a piano, a organ, and a choir with pimped out lavender robes and be a Faithful church.  You can also have the same style of worship in another church and be found unfaithful.  What’s my point?  The litmus test for a faithful church is not observing the worship leader to see if he wears a three-piece suit or if he wears skinny jeans and toms.  Worship has nothing to do with music, but everything to do with the posture of the human heart." Read More

2. Amendment One and the Christian Mission

Back in the Spring, there was a furry of emotions in NC over the controversial Amendment One.  How should questions respond to this issue? I wrote a letter to the editor of my local Newspaper, The Wilson Times.  They printed it, but it also proved really popular on the blog as well.  Here is an excerpt:

"As a pastor and a Christian, it has been very intriguing to watch the Christians in the city of Wilson as they handle this controversial issue.  Although I personally supported the amendment, I think some of the zealous passion Christians have shown over this amendment has been misguided.  Christians must indeed stand firm on the truths of Scripture despite the cultural milieu of the day.  However, I am terribly afraid that through this vicious debate over the marriage amendment, Christians in our city have indirectly tarnished the mission Christ has called us to do." Read More

3. "I Deserve This" - The Poison of Entitlement

This was a post addressing a recurring sin issue in my own life.  Entitlement.  Rereading this post convicts me even now. Here is an excerpt:

"You see, many people think just like me. Our sinful flesh tells us that we are entitled to good things. Entitlement is a lie that we deserve blessings and good gifts. When our thanks and enjoyment of what God gives us turns into harsh demands we go from humble gratitude to spoiled Brat." Read More

4. Am I ready to be a Father?

Some of the most popular posts are the most personal.  This one is a personal reflection when I found out I was going to be a father. It is hard to believe that my sweet little baby boy could be born anytime now!  Couldn't be more excited and honored.  Here is an excerpt:

"The thought of being responsible for another person is intimidating.  I hope to be the perfect Dad, but I know my sinful flesh will keep that from happening.  I will fail.  I will sin.  I will fall short from perfect fatherhood.  As a result, my goal is not to be a perfect Father, but a radically Gospel-centered dad.  A dad who constantly confesses his own failure.  A dad who repents daily and finds his restoration at the cross. A dad drenched in the grace of God." Read More

5. Why Does God Allow Hardship in my Life?

This age old question seemed to connect with a lot of people.  Here is an excerpt: 

"Life is hard.  You know it, and I know it.  It seems like everything will be going so smoothly, and then you get blindsided by an unexpected emergency.  Often it feels like life is just a series of obstacles and problems that we must endure.  Many people in the midst of difficulty, ask the common question, “Why does God allow this to happen to me?”  Plagues of doubt haunt many Christians because of this question." Read More