Wednesday Roundup: Comfort, Help, … Convict?; Are We in the Middle of a Cultural Revolution?; A Sermon on Ezekiel (11/29/17)

In the Gospel of John, the Spirit is called the Comforter and Helper.  In chapter 16, we are told that the Spirit does another kind of work.  John 16:8-11 has been on my heart and mind, as I've watched several, prominent men fall from power:       "And when [the Spirit] comes, he will convict … Continue reading Wednesday Roundup: Comfort, Help, … Convict?; Are We in the Middle of a Cultural Revolution?; A Sermon on Ezekiel (11/29/17)

A Sermon on Ezekiel 34: When Shepherds Fall…

Today is Christ the King Sunday. It is the Sunday before the beginning of ADVENT – the season of the church, in which we prepare for the birth of Christ. It is a time, like the season of LENT, when we can take stock of ourselves; of the world around us; of our relationship with … Continue reading A Sermon on Ezekiel 34: When Shepherds Fall…

Wednesday Roundup: Is “Work-Life Balance” a god for Ministers?; Politics – In What Way Is It Important to You?; Marriage – *Same Question* (11/8/17)

"Work-life balance" is right, good, and desirable, but when does it become a god - the thing I owe ultimate allegiance to?  My observation: An overemphasis on "work-life balance" in ministry, can get in the way of doing ministry.  Carey Nieuwhof writes eloquently about this, here.   Speaking of gods, consider this powerful op-ed column … Continue reading Wednesday Roundup: Is “Work-Life Balance” a god for Ministers?; Politics – In What Way Is It Important to You?; Marriage – *Same Question* (11/8/17)

Wednesday Round-Up: Douthat’s Really a Lutheran; Have Conversations; Pastors, You Really Need to Have Conversations (11/1/17)

Following Paul and Augustine, Luther spoke of the power of sin as "incurvatus in se": If not checked, sin causes us to be "curved in on ourselves" - to become dangerously self-centered, self-regarding, self-pitying, so that all things and people are used for one's own purposes.  Ross Douthat, in this piece, shows us how: our … Continue reading Wednesday Round-Up: Douthat’s Really a Lutheran; Have Conversations; Pastors, You Really Need to Have Conversations (11/1/17)