Next Steps

Twenty years ago a book came out by Gary Thomas called Sacred Pathways that continue to have an impact on my spiritual life today. The basic idea is that just as God created each of us differently, there are different ways that we can connect to God the best. We’re not cookie cutters. Which was…

Every few months we hold a special service of dedication for new parents who seek to raise their children in the Lord. At each service I share the same three truths, three essential reminders for parents of young children: 1. The best gift you can give your children is a healthy marriage. More than a good…

8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8-9 The Apostle Peter compares the devil to a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. If you’ve ever watched a nature documentary then you…

Several years ago pastor Andy Stanley preached a sermon series that has always stuck with me for its simplicity and practicality. Titled “Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith,” Stanley taught from his years of experience as a pastor, noting that when people told their story of faith and how God had grown their…

Changing a diaper faster than a NASCAR pit crew, good life skill to learn. Distinguishing between a real cry and fake cry within the first two seconds, another good life skill I’ve learned compliments of my four kids. On a more serious note, here are four impactful lessons I’ve learned by having four kids: 1.…

For most Christians, our level of knowledge far outweighs our level of obedience. We know so much more than we do, and that’s a problem. At the end of the most famous sermon ever preached (the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7), Jesus gives a stark warning to his readers: “But everyone who hears these…

Josh Daffern
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Josh Daffern

Born and raised in California, Josh graduated college from California Baptist University and spent two years as a missionary in Africa before coming back to America and finding the love of his life (Robin). Josh graduated from New Orleans Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry. Josh has been involved in full-time ministry for over twenty years. He enjoys hiking, beach volleyball, reading, playing anything competitive, and rough-housing with his kids. Josh, his gorgeous wife Robin, his outrageously handsome boys Zeke, Shepherd and Lincoln and his princess Elle, live in northern Virginia. Josh also blogs on Patheos as New Wineskins: an Apologist for the Modern Church and you can find links to all his content on joshdaffern.com. Enjoy the blog!

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