It was one of those Sundays. I had given the message all I had. I had preached the text, I had equipped the saints, and I had exhorted the sinners. I felt that I had nailed the message that morning. The good vibes from Sunday morning continued to carry me as I headed into the … Continue reading Pastoral Preaching
The assimilation process of a church is vital. If a pastor or the church leadership does not know how the people are to progress from guest to member, it is guaranteed that the guests do not know how to get involved in the church. For many churches, the assimilation process is ambiguous. Guests have to … Continue reading What Does An Assimilation Process Look Like?
What is a quiet time? When a friend of mine first became a Christian, his mentor asked him to start having a quiet time. He had no idea what it meant to have a quiet time. Wanting to be faithful, he went to his closet, closed the door, and sat in silence. Afterwards, he wondered, … Continue reading How To Start A Quiet Time
We'll be dropping our first vodcast soon. In it, we discuss what personal devotions are and, perhaps more importantly, what they're not. Stay tuned . . .
Each year at UNC Chapel Hill, Bart Ehrman begins his class with an exercise. He asks the class, “How many of you believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God?” A majority of hands raise all over the room. Then he asks, “How many of you have read [and he’ll select the popular novel … Continue reading If You Really Believed God Wrote a Book . . .
In a society that sprints past Halloween and Thanksgiving in order to get to the Christmas season, it should come as little surprise to recognize that we are not good at waiting. Our’s is a generation that has learned that good things come to those who refuse to wait. We have access to more information … Continue reading Making Room for Advent this Christmas Season
The past few weeks have proved to be an interesting season for me in ministry. While the season has been fruitful for my congregation, I have received several calls from fellow pastors who are new in their churches and currently facing difficult decisions in their churches. It was nostalgic as I can remember those years … Continue reading Pastor, How Do You Know What Hill To Die On?
A few years ago, our family adopted a puppy. He was rescued from a parking lot in the rain and our kids were desperate for a dog with which to run and play. Once we saw his paws, though, we knew this would not be a small dog for long. But whereas we thought he … Continue reading On the Proper House-Training of your Youth Pastor
For as long as I have been a born-again follower of Christ, I can remember witnessing. My pastor took me out witnessing regularly. Usually, I was a wreck. At first, I would fumble the presentation and only get the message out clearly on occasion, but my delivery improved over time and with proper instruction. Once I had … Continue reading Just remember 3-1-6
Over the course of years, I saw a number of friends who had once surrendered to the ministry walk away. Some lasted years; some less. But, in a sense, I think this is the result of only surrendering to the ministry once.