Top Posts from 2013
A look back at some posts from the past year:
It’s the way to reach new people, and it’s the way for the established Church to maintain its vibrancy.
Sabbatical Reflections Three Years Later
Here’s what I can say now, some of which I wouldn’t have realized then.
What will remain in our churches long after we’re gone?
I think I know what the text is going to say, but as I study I find out that the text isn’t interested in conforming to my ideas. The wrestling match begins.
How Many Hours Should Pastors Work?
There’s no place for laziness in the pastorate, but there’s no place for capitulating to unhealthy cultural patterns either.
What if our weaknesses are actually part of the way God wants to use us in ministry?
Going to Pastor an Established Church?
I’d go about pastoring an established church differently than before. Here’s what I would do differently.
I’ve read and listened to a lot of material on missional community, but this is one of the first examples I’ve seen of people living this way in Toronto.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been thinking a lot about Jesus’ famous parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
The Forgotten Parts are the Most Important Parts
I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing apart from Jesus’ promise of his authority and presence. It’s the only way that church planting and evangelism could ever make sense.
Be Famous for Not Trying to be Famous
Be okay with being overlooked. Be okay with getting less than your due, a smaller share than what you had coming.
Learning to deal with churches that attack pastors is, I think, one of the key pieces we need to address if we’re going to see revitalization happen more.
Be on guard against drifting into a life of comfort. At the same time, work hard to develop a life of contentment.
Seven Reasons to Preach God-Centered Messages
Here are seven reasons why God-centered preaching is better than human-centered preaching.