I often feel like Jeremiah who said in 20:9:

If I say, ‘I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,’
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.

Eric Liddell said:

I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.

That’s the way I feel about preaching. I’m not very good at it, but when I do, it’s like there is no other reason I exist. It’s like a fire in my bones that I cannot contain.

That’s what this blog is about.

Who should read this blog?

Three primary readers: (1) our church, Central Free Will Baptist Church in Royal Oak, MI, (2) other young pastors willing to grow, and (3) any Christian wanting to follow Jesus better.

What will you write about?

God’s Word, extra thoughts that didn’t make it in my sermons, general Christian living, cultural issues, pastoral issues, theology, doctrine, preaching, leadership thoughts, church revitalization gleanings, evangelism struggles, and basically whatever else comes up that day!

IMG_0192Who are you?

Jacob Riggs here. Married to an incredible woman named Lynsey. Our first child, Caroline Marie, was born on August 28, 2013. Both my wife and I grew up in pastors homes. God has been incredibly gracious to us and our extended families for quite some time. Royal Oak, MI is our new home. After meeting at college, we started full-time ministry here in February 2013 where I’m the assistant pastor. God has led us to serve Him while He continues to be faithful to our 75-year-old church here in the burbs of Detroit.

Eventually I’ll finish my M.Div from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. (Yes, I’m a Classical Arminian at Southern Seminary. Keep calm. Carry on.)

I’m a rookie, and the worst sinner I know, but I love the gospel and preaching God’s Word. Apart from family time, my favorite time is when I stand in the pulpit at Central Free Will Baptist Church to share what God says to us.


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