10 Years at STR and Counting...

It’s my Stand to Reason employment anniversary this weekend. I’ve been working with STR for 10 years, and I’m just getting started.

I can summarize by saying this: It’s my dream job. I love working for STR. The people I work with are talented, intelligent, kind, and – most importantly – love God with all their heart. I also get to meet great people at events where I speak.

Here are two quick lessons I’ve learned along the way.

  1. I’ve found a lot more unity within the Church than I expected. I speak to a wide diversity of churches and denominations: Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Catholic, Coptic, Calvary, Anglican, etc…you name it. Although there are theological differences – both great and small – I always find myself surrounded with people who love our Lord Jesus and want to serve Him in the best way they can. Look, I know we have a lot of work to do in the area of church unity. I’m not oblivious to that fact. I’m just saying I find a lot of kindred spirits even among Christians who are theologically different from me. I’m welcomed (and trusted to teach) in many places I wouldn’t have expected to have an influence.
  2. The biggest threat to the Church is…the Church. I know I often teach on Islam, homosexuality, and abortion, and that might suggest I consider one of those topics as the biggest threat. They’re not. Yes, they’re significant external challenges that the Church must face, but the bigger problem is internal. I believe the more important question is whether we’ll rise to stand firm against the challenges or fall and capitulate to cultural pressure. There will always be new challenges that will come our way. Some big and some small. It’s our response, however, that worries me. I’m seeing a lot of believers who are unable to stand their ground and instead are giving up ground. That encourages the enemy. That’s why my focus is always on training believers to stand firm.

It’s a privilege for me to serve God through my work with Stand to Reason, and I’m looking forward to the next decade of ministry with STR.

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