[Dateline: October 15, 1950] I’m reading a military history book. It was a national bestseller when Penguin Random House published it in 2018. Hampton Sides, the author, tells the epic story of “Chosin Reservoir—the Greatest Battle of the Korean War”. ON DESPERATE GROUND is a compelling read. This morning, I was in chapter 7 which … More A Warning to Pastors and Others Who Lead
Can a book published 40 years ago speak with relevance to our situation in a post-Christian COVID-obsessed world riddled with violence and injustice? It depends, but it is likely that if the book is part of the Multnomah Press, “CRITICAL CONCERN” series, that the answer is yes. Yesterday, I was in a conversation with a … More Have Your Relational Capacities been Crippled by the Obsessions of Our Evening News?
Standing Stone Ministries is a “nurturing and encouraging” ministry that has one supreme goal: to strengthen ministry leaders and their spouses who are weary or wounded to help prevent them from “burnout.” I have not officially started with Standing Stone Ministry, but already, just through normal conversations, two pastors have already asked for the kind … More Standing Stone Ministry
Lost History Most who don their green shirts and down their green beers in celebration of their Irish heritage have no knowledge of the actual St. Patrick they celebrate was not Irish. Patrick was actually a Briton, captured by Irish pirates when he was only 16, and sold into slavery in Ireland. There he labored … More Cultural Apologetics from Fifth Century Ireland
I’m not sure how, but a couple of weeks ago I remembered a book with the thought, “I need to reread that book.” For the last two or three weeks I have been looking for the book. Today, “Eureka!” I found it! The following is the first paragraph from the preface. How is it possible … More Celtic Evangelism and a New/Old Way to Win a World
Someone (unnamed) asked me this question in an online forum: “How did you get close to God again? I’m not sinning, like doing drugs or drinking or swearing, but I get mad easily and don’t feel that connection with God. I’m young and I just want my relationship with God back.” So if your passion … More A Passionless Christian Asked a Question.
I haven’t become a political operative or a republican. But this came to me by email today as a fund raising appeal for Dan Crenshaw from his wife. That’s not why I am posting it here. In fact, I have cut out the last few paragraphs that give the fund raising appeal. But the story … More Who is the “Buddy” that is Pushing You to Grow in Christ?
This week I contemplated how to speak the gospel to my own baby boomer generation–all of them. A FaceBook world encourages grandiose thoughts like that. My thoughts ran along the lines of reminding all my fellow boomers that we aren’t getting any younger. Not one of us can add sand to the top of the … More It is Almost Over for Baby Boomers
Shepherds of flocks will sometimes put small stones on the top of the stone enclosures for their sheep. The idea is that if a thief or threat to the flock (bear, hyena, lion, or wolf) climbs over the wall to harass the sheep, the tumbling stones will alert both sheep and shepherd that an intruder … More Tumbling Stones and the Art of Pastoral Care
“How deeply do you feel about the ministry the Lord has called you to? If the desperate needs of those people you [are seeking to] . . . reach have never caused you to weep, you may want to go back into your prayer closet.” The God Ask, by Steve ShadrachChapter 7 I wonder.How many … More How Deeply Do You Care?