Don’t Just Start a Church; Establish a Family

Early in the life of Blueprint I watched a YouTube documentary about gangs. The documentary revealed why most young people join a gang—they feel alone and hopeless. Gangs give these lonely individuals a sense of family. Community is suppose to begin in your family and grow from there, but these gang members did not get […]

Temptations for the Urban Ministry Leader

As missionaries entering into God’s mission we will face temptation similar to the ones Jesus faced. The first one we see is that we will be tempted in the area of provision. I remember when I first felt the Lord calling me to move from Denton to Atlanta to start Blueprint. I had a great […]

Unleashing Disciple-Makers

When I was six, my dad told me, “Son, you have a God-given talent.” I just finished my first football game and had a good game. For better or worse, those words shaped my identity for years. I doubt he knew how significant they were. Well-placed words can be life-shaping. Jesus states in Matthew 28:18–20,  […]

Developing & Defending a Disciple Making Culture

2 Timothy 2:2 is one of the most quoted verses in regard to discipleship. And yes, Paul does talk about discipleship here. But sometimes in zeroing in on this verse, we miss the broader context of this Pastoral Epistle. Paul, an apostle, is writing to Timothy, a pastor, about how to develop and defend a […]

Why I Stay

I am Christian. I am Black. I pastor a church in the Southern Baptist Convention. And I am not done with white evangelicals.  I am staying.   Over the last four years, there have been various headlines about Black and Brown Christians leaving white evangelical churches. From individuals to artists to pastors with entire churches […]

Living Among Wolves

“I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. I am here with you.” That type of commitment is a tall order—especially in hostile environments but this became my heart’s cry: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves (Matthew […]