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June 3, 2011 / bradhovis

I Don’t Want to Believe in God Anymore.

“I don’t want to believe in God anymore.” This is a statement that has gone through my mind during times of suffering. You may be thinking, “Wait! This guy is a pastor and he doesn’t want to believe in God anymore?”

Hold on. Before you jump to any conclusions, I want to explain that these kind of thoughts are common for those going through suffering. Of course I believe in God and believe Him to be sovereign and good and loving and holy. However, during times of suffering, even those with the strongest of faith may begin to act and think about things differently and often times dangerously.

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May 18, 2011 / bradhovis

What Now? A Gospel-Centered Approach to Suffering

Because of some recent circumstance at our church regarding some significant suffering, we have decided to launch a sermon series titled “What Now? A Gospel-Centered Approach to Suffering” For those who have lost a loved one, miscarried, divorced, lost a job, or are experiencing any significant suffering, then this series is for you. We’ll be asking questions that relate to suffering and allowing the gospel to heal our hearts and minds. Below is a video explaining my situation and how this series came about.

February 8, 2011 / bradhovis

7th Grade Emotions

When I was a youth pastor, I used to find incredible amusement from watching the “drama” of junior high girls in our student ministry. One moment there was silly banter among their friends, the next, passive aggressive posturing complete with tightly crossed arms and glares across the room that meant war. What was the reason behind such action? Usually something insignificant like a boy or joke that was taken the wrong way.

It wasn’t until Monday that I realized that my emotions as a church planter are very similar. I get excited when we have new guests, sad when our offering is low, delighted when someone “gets something out of the sermon,” and then devastated when it snows on Super Bowl Sunday and attendance is lower than expected. I might as well sit in a corner, cross my legs, and vow to never speak to him…err…the church again.

I have to repent of making my joy fixed on something besides the wonderful work of Jesus. If His grace is really sufficient, then I must not be seeing the beauty and wonder of the gospel fully, instead I’ve substituted a ridiculous idol (church attendance) as more majestic than Jesus and His work. Shameful. Dangerous.

Jesus, you have given me much more than high church attendance. Forgive me of silly idols and my worship of them. Help me see you as more delightful than all others.

 

December 21, 2010 / bradhovis

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