In honor of the women in our lives and churches, I surveyed a group of pastors’ wives for their thoughts on ministry and marriage.
Churches are living things. Living things grow. If you’re not growing, something is wrong.
Ted and his wife were regular fixtures in my office at the time. He was a serious slave of sin. He’d turned to Christ a couple years before and seemed to truly despise his sin, but kept sliding back into it.
In Acts 9:31, a description is made of how the church was beginning to mature and minister in a hostile culture. I find that there are six marks in this single verse.
- May 08, 2014 |
The problem with churches? That would be flawed human beings. So, how can we still call the church holy? Because Jesus.
- May 02, 2014 |
Does your church have a thriving singles ministry? Or is the leadership fumbling for excuses?
- May 01, 2014 |
There has been much talk of late about “spontaneous” baptisms. As a result, some have questioned whether it should be offered at all. So should it?
- April 30, 2014 |
How does a new pastor learn about a congregation? It starts with discovering the stories already in the church.
- April 28, 2014 |
You work hard to do your best in ministry, but is it accomplishing much? Here are five essential principles for doing ministry biblically.
- April 25, 2014 |
In God and the Gay Christian, Vines argues that “Christians who affirm the full authority of Scripture can also affirm committed, monogamous same-sex relationships.”
- April 23, 2014 |
In the 1970’s, an unlikely friendship formed that would catalyze the movement that moved our influential pastors to become leaders.
- April 22, 2014 |
Pastor Bill and his wife Lisa had a growing church and a good marriage, but something was wrong. For over six months Bill felt tired much of the time.
- April 18, 2014 |
Unfortunately, you will not believe what some well-meaning Christians say to a bereaved parent or the family member of someone tragically injured.
- April 17, 2014 |
Unless the faith of preachers is in Christ alone–-and not in any other person, ecclesiastical institution, theological system, moral prescription, or master recipe for human loveliness–they will be of very little use in the pulpit.
- April 16, 2014 |
I’ve found myself talking increasingly about the defining character trait of those who join and grow with an organization; the defining mark of someone who truly succeeds.
- April 15, 2014 |
It is the responsibility of the local church to train, affirm, and send pastors into ministry. Seminaries and colleges are significant aids to this end, but they cannot replace the church.
- April 14, 2014 |
Bob Coy resigned as pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale after an unspecified "moral failing." For all of us who have been wounded by a minister, I'd like to highlight five biblical facts.
- April 11, 2014 |
"Bivocational" simply means that the minister must work a second job in addition to serving a church. It does not mean that the minister is "part-time."
- April 10, 2014 |
This is not a game. Not a show. And perfection? Not a chance. So before Easter arrives, now is the time to manage expectations.
- April 09, 2014 |