Wednesday Roundup: A Post-Christian Society?; I’m Busy, But Am I Prepared? (12/20/17)

Many Christians on the Left and the Right believe we live in a post-Christian society, though for different reasons.  And - of course - the very terms "Left" and "Right" are probably symptoms of believing that we may still live in a Christian nation.  Ed Stetzer, here and here, writes about Biblical frameworks for what faithfulness … Continue reading Wednesday Roundup: A Post-Christian Society?; I’m Busy, But Am I Prepared? (12/20/17)

Wednesday Roundup (on Thursday…): When you think you are, but you aren’t…; What is specific to church leadership?; I thought money, ideas, productivity, low-conflict, and good management were enough! (12/14/17)

There are any number of ways to think you are leading without really leading, and it is especially tempting in the church to convince yourself that you are leading when you're not, or when you've stopped.  Thom Rainer describes the top five reasons church leaders stop leading, here.   The New Year is just around … Continue reading Wednesday Roundup (on Thursday…): When you think you are, but you aren’t…; What is specific to church leadership?; I thought money, ideas, productivity, low-conflict, and good management were enough! (12/14/17)

Wednesday Roundup: Who Are You Calling ‘Stupid’?; The Right Questions – The Right Environments; “Missional”? I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means (12/6/17)

Hey!  Who are you calling "stupid"?!  Okay, you got my attention.  Maybe I am doing some stupid things, and maybe they are getting in the way of Jesus getting his message out.   If you want to create a discipleship team - or a community of disciples - that looks beyond itself, and becomes "missional", … Continue reading Wednesday Roundup: Who Are You Calling ‘Stupid’?; The Right Questions – The Right Environments; “Missional”? I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means (12/6/17)

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)