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[This post is modified from a paper I wrote earlier this year for my doctorate at Duke Divinity School. By looking across every Christian century at the pastor’s chief responsibility, I found that his readiness with the Word of God was prioritized.] Continue reading
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Do others claim they have to babysit you?
Are you an adult?
We need to talk.
Following directions is a lost art. That’s because we prefer to do things our way or the easy way (for many, these two are the same).
We all need advice from time to time. We all need wise counsel and helpful direction in life. Continue reading
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Practice ministry without a license.
If you’re around me long, you’ll hear something along those lines.
It is my heartbeat, and the heartbeat of the church where I serve.
God has given certain leaders to the church (Ephesians 4:11). Their job is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).
Did you catch that? Those who work in vocational ministry are not called to do all of the ministry themselves, but to train others to do the ministry with them. Continue reading
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Football season is here!
Lots of huddling going on.
But Sundays aren’t just for football huddles; holy huddles are also taking place among churches around the world.
I’ve often heard the term “holy huddle” applied to the church as an insult by enlightened, progressive Christians. They seem to think that evangelism is God’s highest priority (it is not) and that gathering together as believers is a waste of time (it is not). Continue reading