Let’s be clear what we are against.

Let’s be clear what we are against.

In this article Pastor Shelby responds to this last weeks events in Charlottesville with a call to Christian sanity. More specifically he wrote this essay that we might recognize wickedness disguised as the “defense of values”. Most importantly this article is a call for Christians to abandon the divisive work of political banter and remember their first love, advancing the mission of God

Read More

What the 7 Marks of a Disciple Mean to us as Young Believers

What the 7 Marks of a Disciple Mean to us as Young Believers

Uriah Guenther, leader in C&YA, recently helped teach the "Cost of Discipleship" class to a group of prospective disciples. This class is intended to help young believers learn what the bible has to say about following Christ. "Disciple" is a word used to describe a follower in Jesus Christ. Uriah explores the seven character traits that the early disciples had that we should also adopt as we "count the cost" of following Jesus as a disciple.

Read More

What the Cost of Discipleship Means to us as Young Believers

What the Cost of Discipleship Means to us as Young Believers

Myles Cheadle, leader in C&YA, recently helped teach the "Cost of Discipleship" class to a group of prospective disciples. This class is intended to help young believers learn what the bible has to say about following Christ. There are things that must be abandoned along the way but there is far more to gain in pursuit of Jesus. This post is Myles sharing what he believes it means to "count the cost".

Read More

The Leader’s Right Hand: A Character Study of Jonathan and Joab

The Leader’s Right Hand: A Character Study of Jonathan and Joab

C&YA pastor Brandon Briscoe, recently preached a series of messages on discipleship. In the midst of these studies he has also been studying 1 & 2 Samuel, leading him to question what it means to surround oneself with leaders who prioritize faith over achievement. The contrast in the character between David's friend Jonathan and David's comrade Joab led him to write the following blog post.

Read More

Highways & Hedges: A Recap of the Missions Trip to Cambodia & Vietnam

Highways & Hedges: A Recap of the Missions Trip to Cambodia & Vietnam

Andrew Ong is a teaching elder at Midtown Baptist Temple and also director of Friends of Internationals, an outreach group that works with international students from all over the world who come to Kansas City. Andrew led our trip to Cambodia and Vietnam and was greatly touched by his experience. Andrew shares a recap of the teams trip in the post below.

Read More

True Satisfaction: Bible Study Review from John 4

True Satisfaction: Bible Study Review from John 4

In our CAYA Bible studies we’re going through the book of John, and my group just finished up chapter four. Although the stories in the Gospels take place before Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, there are so many things we can apply to our lives as believers alive in the church age. After all, like 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, all scripture is able to teach us what’s right (doctrine), what’s wrong (reproof), how to get it right (correction), and how to keep it right (instruction in righteousness).

Read More

The Heart of the Discipleship Refresher

The Heart of the Discipleship Refresher

Tony Godfrey is pastor of Harvest Baptist Church of Iola, KS. Tony has been serving the Lord since 1997. His heart for God’s word and people is infectious, which made him perfect for leading the Living Faith Fellowship in the revision of our discipleship lessons. Discipleship is defined by a mature believer mentoring a younger believer in how to live and believe God's Word. Tony and his team were very careful to develop materials that would facilitate clear teaching and accountable relationships. With our "Discipleship Refresher" starting this Sunday, we asked Tony to tell us why this process was important to him personally and what he prays discipleship will be for our family of churches.

Read More

Things I wish I had a greater respect for in my twenties.

Things I wish I had a greater respect for in my twenties.

Pastor Kenny Morgan leads the Discipleship Ministry at Midtown Baptist Temple, which is a vital ministry that focuses on mentoring growing Christians. Kenny is also pastor of Life Fellowship, one of several growing ministry fellowships in our church. Kenny began pursuing Christ seriously as a young adult over twenty years ago. Kenny takes some time here to reflect on the things that he wishes he would have had a greater respect for as a young man.

Read More

Top Five Reasons People Have Rejected the King James Version (by their own admission) & Why Those Reasons Are Invalid

Top Five Reasons People Have Rejected the King James Version (by their own admission) & Why Those Reasons Are Invalid

Contemporary Christianity is littered with English bible translations and everyone appears to have their favorite. Often people select a text based on readability or tradition but don’t have historical or biblical proofs for why the bible they read is God’s Word. If the accuracy of our bible impacts our doctrine and our doctrine informs the way we live, then translation is of utmost importance.

In the following blog post we ask Alan Shelby to share the top five reasons why the King James Version has been rejected by many American Christians today. He also presents us with the five reasons why their reasoning is mistaken and challenges our preconceptions.

Read More

Praise is the Heat of a Fire: A Biblical Study on Worship & Praise

Praise is the Heat of a Fire: A Biblical Study on Worship & Praise

Mankind worships whether he or she does so consciously or not. We must understand that our body is a temple and our heart contains a throne. When Adam and Eve introduced the world to sin, the throne was tainted. The Creator God no longer held his rightful position and as a consequence the vacant space may be occupied by whatever humanity deems worthy. Certainly, if sin or general worldliness rules our hearts, our daily devotion will follow. Our heart's desire and worship, will always ... 

Read More

Alex: God had a plan

Alex: God had a plan

...My parents introduced me to Christ at an early age. Despite all this i still managed to screw it all up. With my senior year coming up my first real girlfriend was moving back to Germany, and I thought my world was ending. I had already participated in some recreational drugs however i started seeking out drugs and just that lifestyle in general in order to compensate for what I felt was my heart being torn out. And that's when God interrupted my life...

Read More

The Source of All Evil?

The Source of All Evil?

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Over the years, I have heard this verse preached innumerable times...

...but I have something to confess, over the years whenever I read or heard this verse I have had questions as it concerned the words “all evil”. It’s such an ominous and emphatic statement about the nature of sin. It’s fascinating to consider that evil itself can have a "root"; sin isn’t just the affect, it’s a symptom of something deeper, something lurking...

Read More