Happy Friday the 13th y’all. Here is a quick list of three things that I’ve either read, been thinking about or have impacted me this week. #1 Elite Failure Has Brought Americans to the Edge of an Existential Crisis - The Atlantic Warning...this is a long piece from The Atlantic and one that I am … Continue reading top3 for September 13, 2019
A religion that is not contagious is not genuine. Elton Trueblood from "Your Other Vocation" I am not sure I agree with Trueblood for I've seen movements that were contagious built on pretenses. But on the other hand it gives me hope because I feel being genuine is something within reach for all people including … Continue reading Be yourself.
The bus was quiet on my ride into town this morning. In my mind that was because our unofficial national day of mourning was being observed by a group of people who share very little in common except for a ride downtown and a day when we lost our innocence about terrorism being someone else’s … Continue reading Range of Emotions
So between the death of Christ and the Last Day it is only by a gracious anticipation of the last things that Christians are privileged to live in visible fellowship with other Christians. It is by the grace of God that a congregation is permitted to gather visibly in this world to share God’s Word … Continue reading The privilege of being part of a church
Here are three things that I've read this week, have been thinking about, or were particularly inspirational/challenging for me. My hope is that maybe something in these three will spark something in you as well. Enjoy and have a great weekend! #1 Burnout is a state of emptiness that reveals the nothingness from which I … Continue reading top3 for September 6, 2019
You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus2 Timothy 2:1 [NRSV] I read this yesterday during my devotions and it stuck with me that Paul tells Timothy to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus... It’s not the grace FROM Jesus. It’s not the grace AROUND … Continue reading Grace available
The focus of pastoral leadership is so consistently on the people, in fact, that the spiritual condition of the flock is the only real measure of a leader's success.Christopher Beeley from Leading God's People Notice that the focus of pastoral leadership isn't growing a church. It isn't leading a great program. Pastoral leadership isn't about … Continue reading Deep leads to Wide