"Experiments in creating closed societies are ongoing, and the church is home for many of them."
(Leonard Sweet, in his book, The Dawn Mistaken for Dusk)
Your Heavenly Father is not the author of evil in your life, but he is the editor. What men mean for ill, God can use to build goodness into us. A thankful spirit flows not from the fatalistic acceptance of every event but from the conviction that God is with us.A Month of Thanksgiving is a perfect way to deepen and broaden your Thanksgiving celebration--and an ideal prelude to the approaching season of Advent and Christmas.
What does it take for pastors to survive and thrive in ministry?Those themes are spiritual formation, self-care, emotional and cultural intelligence, marriage and family, and leadership and management.
This was the key question asked in an eight-year study funded by the Lilly Endowment that I had the privilege to coordinate through Covenant, Reformed, and Westminster Seminaries....After hundreds of hours of meeting with pastors and their spouses, then working through the data, our research team identified five primary themes for fruitful ministry, which are shared in the book Resilient Ministry. While these themes aren’t the holy grail of ministry survival, my co-authors and I believe each one plays an important role in pastoral resilience.
There are a thousand ways to pray.The purpose of the blog is to explore, get this, a thousand (or more) ways to pray. To share my--and others--adventures in prayer. To encourage more prayer. To enthuse and equip people to pray.
Like Enoch, who “walked with God” (Genesis 5:24, KJV). Like Sarai, who laughed, though she didn’t know God was listening (Genesis 18:12). Like Joshua’s army, who shouted and blew trumpets (Joshua 6:16). Like Daniel, who opened a window toward Jerusalem and knelt to pray (Daniel 6:10).