Just prior to WWII in the doldrums of the seemingly inescapable Great Depression, Robert K Merton popularized a concept from his position as a research assistant at Harvard that has become orthodoxy in the field of sociology - that of the law of unintended consequences. His basic thesis, like so much fundamental truth, reflects spiritual … Continue reading Did I Do That?
Just look at me. LOOK AT ME!! OK, Okay.... that's a little over the top, but it is, in a nutshell, the primary first impression that unbelievers are often asked to respond to when confronted with 'Christian' ministry. The enemy knows quite well that man's greatest vulnerability is in his own reflection. The Roman poet … Continue reading Ain’t I a Dandy?!
Just in case anyone wondered, I am not nor have I ever been a runner. Thankfully there wasn't room to run very far on submarines, or my military career might have looked a little different. Between a predilection to development of shin splints and a genetic predisposition to corpulence, this ole body just ain't made for … Continue reading The Finish Lines
"A man cannot truly be born again until he sees his own nature with convicted eyes, and develops a murderous contempt for the sin that caused his ruin."
There it was - glaring into the night sky to be seen from miles around reflecting off the clouds, looking from a distance like the horizon was ablaze. As our old Chevy navigated the empty mountain interstate, it seemed as if every curve and undulating hill brought us closer to that looming inferno. Closer … Continue reading Neon Sign on the Off-Ramp
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