A Brand New Series

Today I am starting a new series called what does the Bible says about it. I cannot say how frequently I will add to this series because some questions require more research, but I will do my best. If you like what you are reading and would like to donate to the cause and help me continue to publish articles like these and others you can by clicking here.

The idea behind this series of articles is simple and started with a question. The question was do I believe that when we die, we go straight to heaven because that is what I have read in the Bible or because that is what people say? It is a simple enough question, and it is also the first one we will look at but the idea behind the question is larger.

Do we believe certain things because it is what the Bible says and teaches or because we have been told that is what the answer is? In all things we need to go back and see what the Bible actually says and means in its message, language, and context. Yes, context is important. Context is important because words only have meaning in context. For example, if I say I am so hungry I could eat a horse do I mean I could eat a literal horse or a large amount? Or am I talking about the size of my hunger and not the size of the meal I intend to eat? When we look at the attire in a church should women still have their head covered or was that a cultural thing and we need to understand the culture behind it?

First a disclaimer I do not live in a mental, emotional, or cultural vacuum. I do have preconceptions and they will bleed through. I am going to do my best to just present the facts as I see them but as best as I can tell pure objectivity does not exist. Some questions are simpler than others and some are more complexed and nuanced. That does not mean that there is no truth. I am not a relativist I believe that there is absolute truth for important topics, but some things are simply preference. For example, what ice cream is best? The answer is it totally depends on your tastebuds, history, family, mood, etc. But a question like did Jesus rise from the grave? Yeah, I see no option but yes based on history and the facts of the early church (yeah, I went there).

So, soon we will have our first post looking to answer the question “when we die do, we go straight to heaven?” This should be fun. Also you can submit your own questions and so we can play along together.

Just a thought,


Moving to New Orleans

We are excited to announce that we are moving to New Orleans in late July to work with a new church plant. We are beyond excited as this has been something on our minds for the past four years and God has graciously opened a door for us.

In May of 2017, I (Mike) went to New Orleans for a work conference, and instantly I knew I wanted to be part of church planting and ministry there. As much as Mike loved the city it was clear at that time that ministry in New Orleans was not in the cards however the desire did not diminish but grew. Four years later we took another family vacation to the city. It was not with the plan to see about moving, although that was partially there, mainly it was just a getaway. This time the outcome was different. God opened a door for ministry with new friendships and a fresh passion to serve the city.

New Orleans is not just a city or an area but a way of life. Church cannot just be a Sunday gathering but a way of life that integrates the Gospel into the everyday. Our prayer and desire are to bring the Gospel into everyday living and let the joy, passion, and love of Christ overwhelm people. New Orleans is a NAMB Send city which helps show just how important and strategic it is to reach this great city.

What will we be doing? The church we are working with, Family Church, is (re)launching this Fall and Mike will be working as the Associate Pastor focusing on small groups, administration, organization, and multiplication. This will be a one-year position while we learn about the city, the people, and how to best integrate ourselves and the Gospel into New Orleans. After that, we will go out and plant a new church that plants churches in a rapid and healthy way to reach our city. The church being a new church that is re-launching is able to provide a modest salary, but we need to raise an additional $3000 a month. We are praying, seeking, and believing for 30 families who can support us at $100 a month to reach New Orleans. We have one family who has decided to join us in financial support and a few more who are looking at what they can do. We are very excited and grateful for all the love, prayers, and support.

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With love,

Mike, Julie, and Gracie.