I am beginning a year of listening and asking the Downtown community of First Church to join me. Quite frankly I do a lot of talking. It's part of the job description in a way and it is comfortable. When you talk you stay in control. You control the topic and the results. You also … Continue reading Year of Listening
If you are like most people (or me), January 1 came and left as quickly as the resolutions you set for 2018. I read something from Donald Miller's blogsite "Storyline blog" that made total sense to me when it comes to thinking about resolutions. Let me share a portion of the blogpost first before we … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution?
If you ask almost any adult about the impact of church school on his or her growth, he or she will not tell you about books or curriculum or Bible stories or anything like that. The central memory is of the teacher, learning is meeting. This poses problems for the characteristically American way of thinking … Continue reading Relationships to grow from
One of the greatest enemies to a growing relationship with God is called the status quo. What did Jesus say in Revelation 21.5? " I come to make all things new" (emphasis mine). As much as we want to rewrite that to say all things the same, comfortable, easy, assured of success, Jesus said all … Continue reading Growing in Grace – Receptive Attitude
"Communication is not about SPEAKING what you think. It’s about ENSURING others hear what you mean." — Justin Mayo As someone who regularly speaks, I am not quite sure I agree with Mr. Mayo. The communication process has many components that work together to create a message. As a pastor, I am often surprised by … Continue reading Can you hear me now?