Church pt 2

Rich Mullins sang, “My friends ain’t the way I wish they were / They are just the way they are.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than they love the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever soContinue reading “Church pt 2”

Following the World

One of the million things I wrestle with is a comment I regularly hear from platformed evangelical leaders that is some version of “we’re not following what’s popular, we’re not going to follow the world.” Usually this is in reference to a matter they consider orthodoxy – believing the right thing – or orthopraxy –Continue reading “Following the World”

“Would a Pastor by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?”pt 2

PMT posts give some insight or background into my “philosophy of ministry” or my best understanding of the practices that help people become mature followers of Jesus. part two of “Would a Pastor by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?” I would encourage you to read part one before jumping in. I want to resistContinue reading ““Would a Pastor by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?”pt 2”

Momentum

(It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday on June 30, 2020. On these PMTs I try to make some notes about this pastoral life and the lessons I’ve learned in the midst of my story. I’m still deluded enough to think these notes might be helpful to others. Don’t dispossess me of that notion!) In local church ministryContinue reading “Momentum”

Pastoring and Pandemics

To meet or not to meet. That seems to be the big question. In all my years of education and pastoral conferences, workshops and seminars, we never once covered “What to do in a Pandemic.” And while there are suddenly heaps of resources I can buy right now and online seminars I can pay toContinue reading “Pastoring and Pandemics”

Trailblazers and Opportunists

(It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday when I share a post about life as a pastor and some of the things that make this life so challenging. I’ve been a little busier than usual but hope to be back on track with posts this week.) One of the beautiful and horrible things about email is that IContinue reading “Trailblazers and Opportunists”