five on Friday

By |2017-01-14T20:11:02+00:00January 8th, 2017|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, writing|

John Wesley, the great evangelist, said, “Give me a hundred persons who fear nothing but God, hate nothing but sin and are determined to know nothing among men but Jesus Christ and him crucified, and I will set the world on fire with them.” 1 Samuel Lane's worship ministry is so very helpful - enjoy this.  2 Habit formation is vital to pastoral ministry - a TED talk perspective 3 Mary deMuth is a helpful voice and here's her writing wisdom 4 Attractional church is not enough, it has to be about mission! 5 The ministry of presence and the Church [...]

Pastors, we are to do this….

By |2012-08-28T16:21:44+00:00August 25th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

Many things can call for our attention, but this what it's all about........ Pastors are called not just to preach exegetically correct and theologically precise sermons but also to pastor people, to walk, live, support and suffer with them. They are called to be more than local-church theological instructors; they are called to be Christ’s ambassadors, to be the look on his face, the touch of his hand, the tone of his voice. They need to feel the weight of being called to make an invisible Christ visible in the lives of people who desperately need to “see” his presence and [...]

God-be-with-you

By |2012-07-26T15:11:34+00:00July 26th, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

"A woman with a scarf over her head hoists her six year old onto the first step of the school bus. “Good-bye,” she says. A father on the phone with his freshman son has just finished bawling him out for his poor grades. There is mostly silence on the other end of the line. “Well, good-bye,” the father says. When the girl at the airport hears the announcement that her plane is starting to board, she turns to the boy who is seeing her off. “I guess this is good-bye,” she says. The noise of the traffic almost drowns out the sound [...]