Church, General

Don’t Give In, part 1

For years, I have tried to challenge the status quo and call people to do the difficult work of truly living according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But I have decided there is really no point to it. I have faced too many challenges and resistance, so I have decided to just put my… Continue reading Don’t Give In, part 1

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Sometimes We Just Get Tired

I will be frank with you, there are some activities that don't weary me. They might make me sore physically or challenge me mentally, but I can walk away refreshed and invigorated. But there are also a lot of things that just wear me out. One of those things is relational ministry. Don't get me… Continue reading Sometimes We Just Get Tired

Church, Ministry Connections

The Vision Killing Quick Order Menu

Introduction I actually wrote this list a few years ago, when a friend of mine was struggling with some issues in his congregation. It is meant as a satire, but it is poignant nonetheless. Too often, these kinds of human objections limit the power of the Holy Spirit to direct a congregation. The Vision Killing… Continue reading The Vision Killing Quick Order Menu

Church

What Is a Real Pastor?

This was on glocal.net, and I thought it was worth considering. I’ve been reading Alan Hirsch & Tim Catchim’s Permanent Revolution on my way over to London & then the Middle East. It’s really good. I still think Alan’s Forgotten Ways must be read - it has tons of stuff that can’t be missed. He… Continue reading What Is a Real Pastor?

Church, Ecclesiology (Church), Theology

The Church Celebrity

I have previously blogged on the danger of celebrity and the pitfalls that pastors and church leaders may fall into when the Christian media machine gets a hold of you. Lately (I think spurred on by Mark Driscoll's most recent book and his rockstar persona), there have been a lot of posts about Christian celebrity.… Continue reading The Church Celebrity