Sunday Afternoon Musings At New Song Church in Bolingbrook, by the grace of God and through the great vision and zeal of Sue and Mark Davis, the commitment of a single small group, the vision and openness of a great elder board and the heart and prayers of a congregation that wanted to make a … More How Can We Go from Disease Management to Real Health Care?
Some years ago, in a community I was serving there was a rash of suicides. Situations like that always send pastors to the word of God for appropriate words to deal with the aftermath left behind for the families of those who have lost or nearly lost, a loved one. It was during that season … More Suicide and the Bible
Weekend Links Very busy season and a thrilling season to be a pastor charged with opening the bread of life. Enjoy. Thinking Better About Ministry Dear Obscure Pastor (Lisa Robinson—encouragement for those who labor in obscurity and faithfulness) The Pressure to Plagiarize: Part 3 (Neil Cole—a final post in the series and a good one. … More Holy Spirit Theology; Warrior Culture; Incarnation; Parenting Boys; Nelson Mandela Irony; the Surveillance State and much more
Weekend Links Video, audio, articles, —it’s all here. As always, inclusion here doesn’t necessarily mean support of all of the particulars in any. Documenting the Demise of Western Culture How Same-sex Marriage Will Hurt You (Besides bringing down the wrath of God, some practical considerations.) Lincoln Was Wrong: the Southern States Could Legally Succeed? (An … More Persecuted Church; Plagiarism among Pastors; Paying in Blood; Elephant Room News; and much more.
Friday is for Heart Songs Ran across a great quote today from Dutch-Catholic Priest, Henri Nouwen, who in 1972 wrote these words in his book, The Wounded Healer: It is a painful fact indeed to realize how poorly prepared most Christian leaders prove to be when they are invited to be spiritual leaders in the true sense. … More Becoming a Pastor Rather than a Circus Director
Tuesday is for Teaching Pastoring a multi-staff church and multi-site churches and consulting with similar churches and other pastors, I am periodically drawn into the forest of a church’s counseling load. And in many instances, you see the people of God falling into the same traps and unproductive paths of thinking that sabotage real progress … More The Right Thing Is Not Always the Effective Thing.
Friday is for Heart Songs One of the most comforting verses in the whole of Scripture for a pastor is Psalm 19:7. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. It tells him that the … More The Pastor’s Comfort for the Task of Preaching