Hi. My name is Adam. This is my blog. I like to think of it as a place where Life and Doctrine meet.

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3 Trust Issues We All Have
May 26, 2016
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3 Trust Issues We All Have
Trust is a sticky issue for most of us. In bygone days, we weren’t constantly bombarded with story after story of human untrustworthiness. But today our feeds are filled with clickbait-laden stories of how everyone is really quite untrustworthy. Small wonder, then, that when it comes to trusting God or anyone else, we struggle. Romans […]
Church Theology
How to Read a Difficult Text
May 24, 2016
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How to Read a Difficult Text
This past Sunday I preached 1 Peter 3:1-8. It’s not an easy text to hear for modern, Western peoples. In fact, if you read it quickly, it sounds like the first line of evidence in the argument for the case that the Bible is really just an outdated, mostly useless book. Most of us read […]
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7 Pastor Pitfalls I’ve Fallen Into (And How I Got Out)
May 12, 2016
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7 Pastor Pitfalls I’ve Fallen Into (And How I Got Out)
I’m by no means a veteran pastor, but in my short tenure I’ve made enough mistakes to challenge the length of Barth’s Dogmatics. So, I thought I might summarize a few of them and how I’m learning to overcome. 1. Confusing Sermon Prep for Spiritual Sustenance The sermon is a great privilege of pastors. We get […]
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The Gospel for the Relationally Exhausted
May 9, 2016
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The Gospel for the Relationally Exhausted
It’s Springtime in Boston, and that means one thing — exodus. This time each year, around 200,000 students begin to trickle out of the city, many of them never to return, as they enter the real world of employment (hopefully). Others leave the city because of the nature of the place itself. People come here […]
Family Life Travel
3 Ways To Be A Good Son
April 21, 2016
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3 Ways To Be A Good Son
wouldI’m learning how to be a good son. Family is for me — like many of my generation — a difficult idea. All my parents have had rough marriages, and walked through circumstances that have been extremely challenging. The wrong way to respond to all of this was the way I responded for many years. For […]
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You Are Not Invisible
April 19, 2016
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You Are Not Invisible
One of the most effective lies I see militated against the people I pastor is the lie that they are, despite their proximity to others in day-to-day life, alone — the feeling of utter invisibility. This lie — that no one truly sees us — is especially effective because pulls the rug out from our […]
Blog Church Sunday Reflection
A Monday Missional Mind-Dump
April 11, 2016
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A Monday Missional Mind-Dump
Yesterday was an awesome day at church. For the first time, we baptized people in all four of our weekend gatherings. That’s a pretty big milestone for us. All of this cool stuff has my head spinning, and pumped for the mission of God in the Earth. So, here’s my Monday Missional Mind-Dump: God is on an […]
Church Sunday Reflection
Sunday Wrap: Money
April 4, 2016
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Sunday Wrap: Money
Yesterday I preached on everyone’s favorite topic — money. Here’s my random smattering of observations regarding that super-fun topic to preach about: The generosity of God in Jesus Christ means responsibility and generosity in this life. God has been crazy generous to his people. He, the wealthiest conceivable being, took responsibility for a problem that was not […]
Devotional Faith Life
The Wonder of Weakness
April 2, 2016
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The Wonder of Weakness
Like you, I feel constant pressure to look better, stronger, and more successful than I actually am. The world likes the strong. We root for them. We pay them millions to be stronger than others. God, however, seems to be drawn to the weak. “Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not […]
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Talent Ain’t Enough
March 31, 2016
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Talent Ain’t Enough
If you’re leading a church, you’re probably gifted. God’s given you some skills which you bring out on a regular basis to build the church. Maybe it’s a preaching or leadership. Perhaps you’re a great evangelist or strategic thinker. Whatever your talent is, it ain’t enough. Your talents aren’t enough to do what God has […]