About Chad E. Graham

Chad is the Next Steps Pastor at Highpoint Church in Colorado, an adjunct faculty member at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and an avid reader of economics, church history, and theology. Chad is husband to Stephanie, father to Caroline and Madison, and a lover of all things basketball.

Holy Monday Devotional

Holy Monday Key Scriptures: Matthew 21:12-22; Mark 11:1-14; 14:3-11; Luke 19:45-46; John 12:1-11 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self On this second day of the week, scholars and church tradition place the anointing of Jesus with oil at Bethany here, along with the cursing of the fig tree and cleansing of the Temple. We also discover in John’s Gospel that some leaders are planning to kill Lazarus – Jesus’ friend he had raised from the dead – because Lazarus’ testimony was leading too many people to believe in Jesus. The anointing of Jesus with expensive perfumed oil was considered extravagant by the

By |2020-04-06T08:21:15-06:00April 6th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Holy Monday Devotional

Palm Sunday Devotional

Written by: Dr. Charlie Self From the 2nd Century AD to this moment, Christians of all nations and traditions have understood the Passion of Christ as the central narrative of the Gospel. From the triumph and tears of Palm Sunday to Jesus’ victory over death, hell, and the grave on Easter Sunday, Holy Week has been a part of the church’s devotional reflection and evangelistic mission. Each day we will follow our Lord as he walks in obedience. With the Help of the Holy Spirit, we can find new intimacy with the Lord, hope for our circumstances, and wisdom for navigating

By |2020-04-05T10:10:45-06:00April 5th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Palm Sunday Devotional

Reasons Why the Church Will Be Stronger After COVID-19

It’s easy to see the damage COVID-19 is producing as this season unfolds. While there are many unanswered questions about how long this quarantine will last, what kind of restrictions will remain, and how many lives will be lost in the wake of this pandemic—there are signs of hope and Kingdom progress not far from the surface of the situation. Let me share four reasons why I think the Church global will be stronger after COVID-19. Appreciation: Even the introverts are missing Sunday gatherings at this point. We were created as social beings and we were created for corporate worship. Having

By |2020-03-30T13:02:15-06:00March 30th, 2020|Culture|2 Comments

5 Book Suggestions for Quarantine

You are quarantined. You want to read more. Here’s your chance! I have compiled a list of 5 books that target different areas of the Christian walk to get you started on your quarantine binge reading. The List God's Story in 66 Verses: Understand the Entire Bible by Focusing on Just One Verse in Each Book By Stan Guthrie Bible Study: This book is so helpful in learning what the broad picture of Scripture is teaching. By choosing a key verse from each book of the Bible, the reader begins to understand how each individual book weaves into the tapestry of

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A Different Kind of King on Palm Sunday

A long-kept desire of the people of God has been, and continues to be, the desire for a perfect king. Israel begged God for a king until he relented, and they ended up with King Saul—a fearful, wayward, usurper of God’s authority. To say that he was a disappointment to the people would be an understatement. From the time of King Saul (about 1,000 B.C.) all the way up to the days of Jesus, Israel continued in their quest for the perfect king. Over time, the picture of the ideal king changed as Israel faced God’s judgements and the dominance of

By |2020-03-26T13:59:04-06:00March 26th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on A Different Kind of King on Palm Sunday

Being in God’s Presence

King David is a complex character, but one thing I like about David is that he knows the importance of seeking after God’s presence. His pursuit of God is written all over the Psalms, it’s his first response to judgement when he loses his son, and it’s one of his first official actions as King. After defeating the Philistines in battle, David ceremoniously calls for the Ark of the Covenant to be brought to Jerusalem. The ark, a container that carries the presence of God when Israel is obedient and in right-standing with YHWH, is more than just a religious token

By |2020-03-24T16:57:45-06:00March 24th, 2020|Old Testament Studies|Comments Off on Being in God’s Presence

Making Culture by Doing Good

Christians and Culture Humans are cultural beings. Throughout history, humans have excelled at making and changing the tapestry of their cultures. Cultures are dynamic and constantly shifting with the changing of authorities – not only shifting governmental authorities, but also shifting ideological authorities in the academy, in art districts, and in religious structures. Religion is primarily concerned with meaning. Meaning shapes the values in a society and ascribed values guide the direction of society. These values can be good or bad; they can be rooted in objective morality or subjective preferences. Christianity has been a vital institution for promoting values that

By |2020-03-24T17:01:42-06:00March 23rd, 2020|Ethics|Comments Off on Making Culture by Doing Good

Is “Good” Simply Whatever Makes Us Happy?

Is “Good” Just a Feeling? Our whole lives, we are told to be good and do good. But what is good? Is it a thing that can be measured or is it something I become? Americans have had a hard time agreeing on the answer to such questions. We are however, in general agreement that American morality has dropped significantly in the last 10-20 years. Could there be a moral shift in America that is causing the perceived, if not actual, decline of moral values? Could it be our youngest generation who are doing the shifting? Noted sociologist from Notre Dame,

By |2020-03-23T21:17:19-06:00March 23rd, 2020|Ethics|Comments Off on Is “Good” Simply Whatever Makes Us Happy?