Missions Here and There

I'm excited to be a part of a church that is proactively planning on taking the gospel all over the globe.  Right now, we are thinking of multiple opportunities where families can take the message of Jesus to people all over the world in 2010.  I am also pleased and…

Dead to Sin

My pastor is leading our congregation through a series from the book of Romans.  He has recently repeated the phrase that we are dead to sin.  When faced with temptation we should proclaim, "I am dead to that!"  This has been very helpful to me recently in my struggle against…

A Reason for Joy

In that last few years my wife and I have had some tough times thrown our way.  Not all the details can be shared, but there were some disheartening days for the McCraw household in the last few years.  That is not to say that there were no days with…

New Opportunities

I recently answered a call to serve as Minister to Students at First Baptist Church of Henderson, Kentucky.  I am looking forward to the new opportunities that will come with serving at this great church.  I have been very busy recently with all that comes with starting a new job,…

The EMCs

When you have EMCs at your church (folks that come only on Easter, Mother's Day, and Christmas) do you get angry because you wish they were there more often?  Do you get excited about an opportunity to share the gospel with them?  Or is it a little of both?  I'm…

Dead and Gone

I've recently heard the song (and saw the performance of the song) "Dead and Gone" by T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake. The song is about someone who used to live the "gansta" life, but chose to turn away from that life because it brought nothing but pain and hurt. The music…

Pagan Christianity

I just finished reading a book called Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna.  The main premise of the book is that we do many things in the contemporary church that are birthed out of paganism rather than the New Testament.  The authors laid out several traits of the…