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?
Some saints struggle more than others. I don’t know why. But it happens. Right now, I’m not going to analyze the whys. I just want to make the observation and point out an error that sometimes results from the observable fact that some saints struggle to progress in the Christian life at the same pace … More Struggles and Sins
I am reading a fascinating devotional book, While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks: Forty Daily Reflections on Biblical Leadership Haddon Robinson, former President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary says in the Forward to the book, that Professor Laniak applies what he has learned to the tasks of being a shepherd in the church and “raises our job … More Where are the Shepherds?