andyschmitz

My thoughts as a redeemed image bearer, finding and fighting for joy in God in every station of life. "For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

Platt Wasn’t Enough For My Church

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I pastor a fantastic church. My congregants are passionate about the gospel of Jesus Christ, robust biblical preaching, and family-inclusive discipleship. But there’s also something a bit unique about my church.  Before I became their lead pastor in August of 2013, their previous preacher was Dr. David Platt!  But my church is not in Birmingham, Alabama; it’s in Kankakee, Illinois.

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An Apology For Church-Driven Missions

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Before I begin my plea for a reprioritization of our missional efforts to the local church, it would be helpful if we start with God Himself. Who is He? How has He revealed Himself? What bearing does that have on the church, para-church organizations, and local & international missions?

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Ethical to Watch the UFC?

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One of the fastest growing sports today is mixed martial arts, or MMA. MMA is a type of combat sport that seeks to blend some of the most formidable fighting disciplines into one dominating technique. Each combat style has its distinct advantages. Boxing generally delivers the most powerful blows from a standing position, jiu jitsu lends a powerful ground game to the fighter, muay thai contributes effective striking to the fighter’s arsenal. These are only some of the eclectic disciplines that MMA seeks to employ so that the most effective combination of techniques and therefore the most effective fighter can be found.

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The Wedded Priest

This weekend I will officiate the wedding of a dear friend of mine. During the flight from Louisville to Portland I had the opportunity to read and meditate on the book of Malachi. I will briefly share what I came across while I chewed through the second chapter. We find the Lord rebuking the priests of Judah. 

“And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.”

Malachi 2:13-16

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Candidating Sermon

Here is the sermon that I preached at Christiansburg Baptist Church on Sunday, April 22, 2012. It was one of my first sermons that I’ve preached. By God’s grace, He used a poor sermon and a weak preacher to point the congregation to Jesus, which was my prayer. I pray that it serves you similarly.