Do you ever just wish you knew exactly how God was going to accomplish everything He’s promised to do in your life? Do you ever wish that in addition to the big picture of where He’s leading you He’d also show you each twist and turn in the stream which will take you to that […]
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Last week in our elder’s meeting one of our pastors posed the question, “Do you think all the churches in our area are dealing with the same kinds of opposition and crazy issues we are?” He was referencing the intense nature of both the blessings and buffetings our church and pastoral team seem to be […]
“A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not quench, until He brings forth justice to victory.” Matthew 12:20 ESV Something that I’ve been deeply struck with afresh lately is compassion for the broken. Lately I’ve had the privilege of walking with some people who’ve seen the dark side […]
The Training of the Twelve as Local Church Model? This morning I listened to an interesting discussion between some pastors and missiologists on whether or not we should emphasize large gatherings or smaller gatherings in seeking to do the best job at discipleship. The conversation intrigued me because I’ve been thinking a lot about how […]
Sometimes we are overly-simplistic in our criticisms and cautions. That’s just part of being human. Still, accuracy and balance (if biblical and true) is something to pursue. And one area in which I think pastors particularly get a little overly-simplistic is that of transfer growth. Transfer growth occurs when someone who is already a follower […]
Life is busy. Ministry life is even busier. Something I figured out in the first six months of being in pastoral ministry was that I was going to have to plan my week well, or die. And as my ministry load has steadily and dramatically increased over the years I’m more convinced than ever that […]
“She’s too innocent . . . she doesn’t do that. I don’t think she even knows what that is.” “She’s a good girl and that’s not like her to do that.” I believe these can be some of the most harmful words overheard by young girls. I was that oh-so-put-together, organized, on every academic team […]
If there’s one thing my own heart has convinced me of, and my interactions with other Christian’s has taught me time and time again, it is that many Christians in the west expect God to provide us with a comfortable Christianity. We gauge whether or not God is calling us to serve Him by cost, […]
Recently I’ve been reconvicted all over again on the issue of motive in mission. I’m not generally one of those guys who struggles to have joy in ministry. My problem is that I don’t always do ministry from a place of having joy in enough of the right things. I love studying the Word, preaching […]
Natural Extremists We are prone to extremes. One issue we tend to go to one extreme or the other on in the church is that of biblical learning. On the one hand, there are those who are committed to preaching the Bible in the form of monologue. When they think of Christians learning the Bible, […]