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A Special Letter to our Ramp Family and Friends

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FROM CASEY & LINDSEY: Dear Ramp Family and Friends, For the last fifteen years, Lindsey and I have watched from a front row seat as God transformed a generation through the Ramp. It has and continues to be an overwhelming honor. Mrs. Karen and Mr. Rick are the two most godly, gracious, generous, and sacrificial leaders I’ve ever known, in addition to being the best parents and grandparents one could…

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Don’t

Ministry

Oh, how different things would be if you only knew then what you know now. Am I right? That seems to be a common sentiment typical of every aging generation. Everyone has their own unique set of regrets and wishful do-overs. Unfortunately, our growing older does not always translate into growing wiser. My sister-in-law, Lauren Bentley, posted a blog on her website (laurenbentley.org) that makes for a very intriguing read….

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Instagram is a Lie

Ministry

A few weeks ago I ministered on the topic of destiny and disappointment to our congregation at Ramp Church. I’ve always been intrigued by destiny and the combination of factors that empower some to fulfill it and others to forfeit it. Destiny is a very moving subject. Nothing quickens the emotions so intensely and stirs people so greatly as when the profound rumblings of purpose start to churn fresh in…

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The Fire Will Meet Our Every Need

Revival

One of my most favorite worship songs of all time was penned many years ago by a man named William Booth. He is the same William Booth that founded the Salvation Army, and the song is Send the Fire. Over the last several weeks, I have sensed a deep stirring for a fresh fire in my own soul and have become acutely aware of the coldness that has crept into…

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My Top 5 Favorite Books on Preaching

Leadership

One of my favorite classes to teach at the Ramp School of Ministry is our Preaching Lab for Second-Year Ministry and Leadership students. Over the years while leading the class, and having discussed preaching with pastors and leaders across the country, I am often asked for a list of my favorite resources on preaching. It is a tricky question because there is a degree of giftedness someone must have to…

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Peace and Pace

Leadership

With Memorial Day now 48 hours past, it is always a wonderful time to celebrate and commemorate our veterans and their sacrificial service toward protecting our liberties. We are blessed with the greatest soldiers on the planet. To members of our armed forces reading this, I speak for us all when I humbly and deeply say, “Thank you and God bless you.” Another delightful quality about this holiday is when…

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Blessings, Curses, and Principles

Ministry

It has been said before that you cannot break God’s principles and then plead God’s promises. I am not certain who originally coined the phrase, but I think it is spot on. It has been interesting to observe believers – including myself – attempt to wish our way into certain things while refusing to subject ourselves to the requirements of wisdom. Let’s be honest, Lady Wisdom has a way of…

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Electing Presidents and the Trump Train

Revival

Politics remains a polarizing subject in our religious culture. With the general election just a few months away, the presidential landscape is quite revealing of where we are as a church and a nation. I certainly think we should be involved in the process – politics is actually a passion of mine – but it becomes all too easy for us to take our eye off the ball. Our proclivity…

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Prophetic Foundations – Part Two

Leadership

Last week I began a series of blog posts about the necessity of guidelines, or riverbanks, to help steer prophetic ministry. You can read the first one here. As prophets and prophecy continue to be highlighted in the church, it is important to equip ourselves with an understanding to help discern when God is in fact speaking, and perhaps when He is not. The first parameter we discussed was God…

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Transgender Bathrooms and the God of Money

Revival

This past week I sat shell-shocked as the President directed all public schools to allow men and women free access to restrooms and lockers rooms, completely contingent upon which one they “feel” they are, regardless of their anatomical makeup. Any educational institution that wishes to chafe against the executive instruction then runs the risk of losing federal dollars. I know it has been a while since I was in school,…

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