Pastoral Commitments, 2020

I was so encouraged by reading Christmas Evans’ prayer commitments the other day that I thought I might try and write some of my own. It’s not as easy as you might think because you want to include everything. But here are a few I quickly came up with as I thought about myself, my life and specifically future pastoral ministry. What would you add? I am not self-sufficient at all. I am needy. I will never not be dependent on someone outside myself to meet those needs. And I believe there is only person in the entire universe who … Continue reading Pastoral Commitments, 2020

Think it Through!

Instead of immediately jumping on one side, John Frame encourages us to think carefully about the following options when we come upon a controversy between two people. “1.) That the two parties may be looking at the same issue from different perspectives, so they don’t really contradict. 2.) That both parties are overlooking something that could have brought them together. 3.) That they are talking past one another because they use terms in different ways. 4.) That there is a third alternative that is better than either of the opposing views and that might bring them together. 5.) That their … Continue reading Think it Through!

Here is your sign…

As followers, we are responsible for the way we respond to the people in authority over us. No question. At the same time, Paul’s words to fathers in Ephesians 6 and Colossians 3 indicate that those in authority also share in this responsibility as well. By misusing their authority, leaders can make it much easier for those following to sin. Because we are fallen and we don’t like to submit to others, it is sometimes difficult to tell when someone is abusing their authority. As followers, we often like to blame others and leaders in particular for our own sinfulness. … Continue reading Here is your sign…

The aim of leadership

“The aim of leadership is not to demonstrate the superiority of the leader, but to bring out all the strengths of people that will move them forward to the desired goal.” John Piper, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, 39. To be a leader requires drive. Unfortunately what drives many leaders is a passion for self. One of the ways this shows up even among Christians is when leaders use their position as a means to celebrate themselves. Sometimes they have so identified themselves with the cause of Christ that it is hard for them not to think of themselves as … Continue reading The aim of leadership

Contending for the Faith part 3

Scripture Reading: Jude 5-7 How many times have you been tempted to think is this whole knowing, studying, and standing up for truth thing really such a big deal? I’m not talking about being opinionated all the time or contentious, fighting for your view of how the locusts in Revelation should be interpreted, I’m talking about knowing the basics of the Christian faith and refusing to waver on them. We face an enormous pressure to stop standing up for not just on minor secondary issues, but core ones – like, is Jesus really the only way of salvation? And the … Continue reading Contending for the Faith part 3

There are some things worth fighting for…Part 2

Why do Christians stop working hard at contending for the truth? When a person isn’t making an effort at knowing the essentials of the Christian faith and isn’t concerned enough about those essentials to defend them when they are attacked, it’s true enough he’s being spiritually lazy. But the fact of the matter is an unwillingness to make an effort at knowing the essentials of the Christian faith and an unwillingness to stand up and defend those essentials when they are attacked exhibits a much more serious problem than mere spiritual laziness. Spiritual laziness is a symptom. I don’t care … Continue reading There are some things worth fighting for…Part 2

There are some things worth fighting for…part 1

A recent survey of the beliefs of people attending churches reported: 41 percent of all adults surveyed believed in the total accuracy of the Bible. 40 percent of those surveyed believed Christ was sinless. 27 percent believed Satan to be real. 57 percent of Baptists believed works play a part in salvation. 45 percent believed Jesus was not sinless. Those who said their faith was very important, they have a responsibility to witness, believe salvation is only through God’s grace and not good deeds, that Jesus lived a sinless life and describe God as the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect deity who … Continue reading There are some things worth fighting for…part 1