I’ve seen many Christians display an attitude that tacitly suggests that their home is their domain and that others do not have a right to presume upon it. But that is simply not a biblical-informed attitude. Your house, your time and your home are not yours. They belong to God and need to be fully surrendered to him and to his better, higher purposes.
I believe seminarians entering ministry in N. America today must answer the question: To what do I aspire? Be a megachurch pastor or a missionary? I believe it is essential for a new pastor’s spiritual formation and long term spiritual health. The church landscape has changed so drastically in the United States and Canada that the pastoral candidate is forced to face these two choices. Let me explain.
When I’m trying to nudge people to their left on an issue … I feel radical, creative, daring, exciting, and somewhat impish. But when I’m trying to nudge people to their right about something … I feel conservative, stern, unpopular, staid, and even somewhat apologetic … But why?