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My name is Andrew. Besides serving as a Pastor, I'm also a husband, graduate student, writer, voice actor, audio engineer, dog trainer, communicator, motivator, risk taker, and what ever else comes into play.
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In a way, your time here is time spent inside my head. Our roles along this journey are simple: I contemplate and write on theology, life and culture... you read and reflect. As you traverse the neurological pathways of my mind, my hope is that what you see and hear will provide something of worth: a challenge, fresh insight or an entertaining takeaway. If not, consider your time here as time well wasted.
In this episode of the Faithlink podcast, we explore the book of Acts, Chapter nine versus one through nine. Unpacked is the Gospel—good news that exists for all people, which encompasses the worst to the least of society and everyone else in between.
In this episode of the Faithlink podcast, Pastor Andrew explores Habakkuk 2:1-3. Dynamic devotion is not instantaneous, it's a rhythm of life, honed and developed through the discipline of practice. As you'll come to see from this message, a rich devotional life is an abundant stream that flows from an open, honest, heart-to-heart relationship with God.
In this episode of the Faithlink podcast, Pastor Andrew explores Acts 3:11-16. Through faith and belief, that is, repentance and belief, forgiveness of sin, true life, and power from on High are made available to all people—all nations—through the power that resides in His name.
In this episode of the Faithlink podcast, Pastor Andrew unpacks Acts 1:12-26. For the apostles and the early Christians, prayer was their plan-A. For us—the believers of the twenty-first century—prayer must persist as our plan-A.
I want to begin by applauding you for your passion and drive to willingly enter the dark cracks of your city, intent on serving those on the fringe. On this basis, however, I’m unable to overlook the following comment you shared regarding worship: "why worship? It’s just feel good fluff. The important place to be is at an idle-No-More rally or working at the food bank."
These words left me feeling somewhat miffed. In the past I’ve heard Christians speak haphazardly of worship, but when I read the words, “why worship?” I new they were not used by accident, which is of great concern to me.
In this episode I unpack Isaiah 43:16-21. Your past has no bearing on God's ability to do something new in your life. No matter who you are or what you've done—the person your past portrays you as—God can and does look past the past in order to accomplish a new redemptive thing in your life
In this episode I delve deep into Matthew 9:35-38. In a nutshell, failing to get involved in God's mission is no different than leaving the nations for dead.
I’ve been serving as a mentor for almost seven years now. My first attempt at mentoring happened in my early thirties. Under my wing was a dude who was 19 at the time. At first, mentoring was similar to stumbling around in a dark room, hesitantly taking one sightless step after the other in search of the light switch. As time wore on though, my eyes adjusted and the darkness lifted.
Do you have a morning routine? If not, you should, unless you enjoy feeling like a sidewalk in Times Square, where, instead of a stampede of pedestrians, your “day,” “agenda,” and “life” are the objects overhead, trampling all over you.
For most of us, the first interruption of the morning is the alarm clock. Once we stop hitting snooze and muster the courage to get ourselves out of bed, more interruptions begin to spill into our day, piling up one after the other. If we let it, the early offensive of the day will have zapped our will power before we even make it out the front door. With our will to get through the day depleted this early on, how can we possibly get through the rest of the day as our best self?
Repentance is a scary word. At least, it seems scary when it’s being spit from a megaphone. As a Christian, even I get uneasy when I awkwardly stroll past the milk crate evangelist. Most often, I meet these people on the side of a busy city street, where they yell (some would mistake this for preaching) a skewed version of the gospel through a megaphone high atop their tower of power (milk crate): “repent or go to hell!”
I call this “megaphone ministry,” and the men and woman who engage in said ministry, I’ve labeled: ”megaphone maniacs.” Contextually speaking, does such an archaic approach to sharing the gospel hinder or advance the reputation of the church?