Quotes From Dead Guys You Should Know – John Chrysostom

He forgetteth not the cry of the humble. Prayer is a haven to the shipwrecked man, an anchor to them that are sinking in the waves, a staff to the limbs that totter, a mine of jewels to the poor, a healer of diseases, and a guardian of health. Prayer at once secures the continuance of our blessings, and dissipates the clouds of our calamities. O blessed prayer! thou art the unwearied conqueror of human woes, the firm foundation of human happiness, the source of ever enduring joy, the mother of philosophy. The man who can pray truly, though languishing in most extreme indigence, is richer than all beside, whilst the wretch who never bowed the knee, though proudly sitting as monarch of all nations, is of all men most destitute.

John Chrysostom (347 – 407)

Bishop of Constantinople and one of the greatest preachers of the Greek church, his work was characterized by love for Scripture, missionary zeal and fearless reformation of morals.


Lecrae is an #anomaly and that is why we hate him.

Well I don’t hate him. In fact I love the guy. I love his new album. My favorite songs are Dirty Water and Welcome to America. I am taking a group of 8 students for the 6 hour drive to Dallas to see him in a couple of weeks. I even have Late Night with Jimmy Fallon programed to DVR for Thursday.

When I say “we” I am speaking of what I hope is just a loud minority online of people who push back at Lecrae for his success. People who scrutinize every word he says. People who have assumed that he has compromised and say he should drop the “Unashamed” mantra.


What the Woman at the Well taught me about race.

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” -John 4:7

A couple Sunday’s ago I was afforded the opportunity to preach to the main congregation during the main service. I don’t get this opportunity but maybe 2 or 3 times a year so I always want to use it as a time to really speak to our people at a level that I don’t get very often. I decided to speak about the Woman at the Well in John 4. My main thrust was that until you know the depth of your own sinfulness and have given it to God, you wont be able to live in the true freedom Christ has promised. However, as I was preparing for my message I noticed something that really stood out and felt it was relevant for the current mood of our day.


What 27 year old me would’ve told 17 year old me.


This is a special summer for you. You actually don’t fully realize it until about two years from now when you are in Bible College and you are studying on what true conversion means but this is the summer you really come to know the Lord. I know you think that prayer you prayed when you were in 6th grade brought you to salvation and you even got baptized in 7th grade. However, you learn some theology in college and you realize that God was just drawing you to himself at that point and it took another five years before you truly surrender your life to Jesus and true fruit begins to show. I am proud of you.

You are entering your senior year of high school and here is a bit of a spoiler you make it to the State Finals again! I won’t tell you what will happen at the end of the game but just enjoy it. This will be the only time you will step foot onto the University of Florida football field and play the game you love so much in such an awesome stadium. Enjoy these moments because they go away quickly. (By the way, watch out for defensive tackle that is on you. He will be offsides the whole game but the refs wont call it. I know right!)

Here are some thoughts that I want you to consider. I know you because I am you. You will do what you want because you (I) can be stubborn. However, your heart is changing and I know you know that. Things that you used to love, you are beginning to get a distaste for and you are starting to enjoy things that you used to mock. Here me out, because the next ten years are bananas. I even added some photos to make it easier for you.


The only hypocrite everyone is ok with…Hip Hop

I was debating whether or not I should post this. I wrote it while I was on my road trip to Alabama. I thought maybe I came off to harsh or possibly a bit self-righteous. So I kept it sitting in as a draft until I felt comfortable with it. Well today Lecrae dropped his new single “Nuthin” and it made me feel that perhaps what I wrote needs to be said. Here is Lecrae’s song and the (long) post I wrote about the hypocrite everyone is ok with. Hip Hop.


What Rappers and Preachers have in common

I love Christian Hip Hop. I also love reading, listening, and studying under various pastors and theologians. With as much Hip Hop I listen to and the amount of blogs, books, and sermons I consume, I think I may have found some comparisons that could be worth noting. It isn’t full proof but give it a chance and I think you will understand and see where I am coming from. This also may be a good tool to find out about new music or new pastors/authors to check out.

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