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Pinecrest Baptist Church
175 Foster Dr. | McDonough, GA 30253

October 6, 2019

"I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." - Psalm 138:2

I remember six years ago like it was yesterday. We had just moved to the Atlanta area from London, England, our children had started school in a brand new place, we had moved into a new home two days before, we had a new vehicle that we were driving on the other side of the road, and I was supposed to preach my first message as the new pastor of P...

October 5, 2018

"Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul." - Psalm 66:16

Five years ago this Sunday, our family officially began our ministry here at the Pinecrest Baptist Church in McDonough, GA. We had been voted on and had accepted the pastorate in mid-July, but due to moving home from London, England and keeping several speaking engagements, we began the first Sunday of October, 2013.

The church called a 32 year-old pastor who by his own admission, was in way over his head. (Still...

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." - Galatians 6:1

A few months ago I was preaching in Dallas, TX and went to a restaurant following the service. As soon as I walked in I heard my name called very loudly and I looked over to see a large gentleman rushing towards me. I was not sure if I should run, shake his hand, or act like I was someone else, I chose to extend my hand. He brushed stra...

October 16, 2017

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." - Acts 1:8

I recently was sitting in the company of a group of pastors whom I love and appreciate their friendship and ministry. They vary in age, church size, and ministry approaches but all have doctrinal clarity, biblical philosophy, and a passion for the Lord's work. While we were exchanging blessings and burd...

May 8, 2017

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." - 1 Corinthians 15:58

Yesterday, people all across the world sat in churches and heard of the miraculous power and acts of an incredible God. In fact, our entire Christian faith is based upon the miraculous. A virgin-born Savior who lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death for the entire world, resurrected three days later, ascended into...

March 8, 2017

"What a great service today!" Exclaimed the excited husband to his wife on his way to the car following the morning worship service. "It was almost as if the pastor was speaking directly to me; and the music, the music was just Spirit-filled and exciting, I cannot wait to go back this evening!" As they jumped into their car, his wife replied "God is really doing an amazing work at our church, I am so glad that we get to be a part of this church." The husband and wife excitedly rushed towards the restaurant where...

December 23, 2016

Yesterday on my personal twitter account, I reposted an article by Baptist Global News which was written by Bob Allen. I likened the article to the third verse of the same song regarding the doctrinal ambiguity of Andy Stanley. Let me quickly say from the onset that I have benefited from some of Andy Stanley's books, sermons, and leadership lessons. Andy Stanley has been on the cutting edge of ministry in the twenty-first century, he is a thinker, author, fantastic communicator, and innovator. Again, I have perso...

December 7, 2016

One of the key factors for a growing church is strong leadership in small groups ministry. Over the past eighteen months, we have placed a massive emphasis on small groups in our church and we have seen the blessings result. Dr. Lee Roberson once stated "Everything rises and falls on leadership." I completely concur with the EVERYTHING, including small groups in the church. There are small groups that thrive because they have a leader that is thriving. Many small groups die because they have a small group leader...

September 15, 2016

The Christian life is a call to follow Jesus Christ. In my early twenties, I was asked to serve in a large ministry in a difficult leadership position. I was younger than many of the other staff members but I was placed in a position of leadership. This caused a great deal of friction just simply because of the fact that I was younger and leading. I read every book I could lay my hands on when it came to leadership principles. I read after pastors, coaches, CEO's, by the way, John Maxwell should give me stock in...

September 8, 2016

"With every head bowed and every eye closed, if you want to join the church today, just step forward and one of our altar workers will meet you at the front and help you with this decision." This is not an uncommon way to invite people to join the membership in the average Baptist church today. Although I cannot say that this is unbiblical, I can certainly think of many reasons why it is probably unwise. With church attendance on the decline, we must also assume that biblical understanding about the church and me...

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