Note: this one is about the job.... The cry of people who study such things in the modern church is that there is a terminal lack of connection and personal friendship among it's leaders. I'm not talking about the sort of back slapping pseudo-connection that often passes for friendship at our tribal gatherings, but genuine community. … Continue reading Joy In the Heavy Lift
"I'm tired!".... "I'm burned out!".... "I'm going to the house!" It might be surprising for many laymen to know that their pastor has probably dealt with one or more of those impulses on any number of Monday mornings. The simple truth is -- ministry is HARD! I'm not sure I even trust a man who says … Continue reading Monday Morning Classifieds
Today is the day. A week of varied pastoral duties has pulled in a number of different directions, but in the back of my mind I, like so many other of my countrymen, have been anticipating this day. At noon the unique American experiment in self-government will formally flex it's muscle for the world to … Continue reading Clarity and Concentration
An old, politically incorrect exclamation of exasperation whines that 'the inmates are running the asylum'. Obviously in this day and age there is a tendency to avoid such imagery (the asylum is now a 'hospital', it's residents now 'patients', and it is now 'administered'' instead of being 'run'), but the metaphor still speaks to my … Continue reading The Goofiness Has Got To Go!!
In February 2014 our World Missions Director (now General Overseer) released a book entitled "The Amos Paradigm: Life at the Speed of Favor". I recommend it. Dealing with a word from the Old Testament prophet concerning the speed at which the blessings of the Father come to His servants (Amos 9:13), it is a fresh retelling of … Continue reading Favor….Life at the Speed of Obedience
Fads. Fads have become the driving force behind many of the most visible and familiar movements within the church. Entire ministries have arisen on the premise of bridging the gap between Cross and culture, and that's a legitimate, scripturally sanctioned tactic (see Acts 17:22-31, et al). There's nothing new about that really - there's always … Continue reading I Am Not A Coach!
More than any year in recent memory, this New Year’s Day feels like the turning of a page. The politics of the past year has left the world shaken (for good or ill), wars and atrocities rage on globally with a sense of inevitability, and Western culture is in something of an existential funk. This … Continue reading Good Riddance!?
Just had a thought...if there were no more straw men in the world, what would most internet, radio, and TV 'ministers' talk about? The constant barrage of 'chicken-little goes to church' is mind numbing. Contrary to what is heard trumpeted from the various parapets atop today's cyber-churches, the Gospel is not 'the sky is falling, … Continue reading Chicken Little
Sitting here listening to the gentle tapping of the early morning rain, I find myself at a loss for anything pithy to say. The Lord is still in His heaven, men are still predictably self absorbed and gloriously deluded in their sin, and the church is, by and large, thoroughly engrossed in picking the metaphorical … Continue reading …cry aloud, and spare not!
Among many things that seem to have been inverted in my half-century of living, the adage 'trust, but verify' that has served to temper extremes for generations has been flipped. With the advent of instantaneous access to what is purported to be the majority of the world's accumulated knowledge (the internet), information is taken for … Continue reading Trust, but verify…