In our anchoring Apostle’s Creed there is a statement of faith that often gets overshadowed by some of the weightier elements of the Creed, such as our general belief in God and our specific beliefs in Jesus Christ. It is the statement about the church. About three quarters of the way into the creed—after the … Continue reading Do you believe in the Church?
It goes something like this: Divine Call/Education → Conflict/Badgering → Disillusionment/Burnout → Eventual Dropout Many serious ministers have stepped out of their lane and quit running God’s race for their life because of this pattern. A divine calling to church ministry gets responded to via enrollment in some form of Bible College, seminary, or ministerial training venue. That … Continue reading Why Church Leaders drop out of the race
“God is building a family. A permanent family. Earthly families enjoy short shelf lives. Even those that sidestep divorce are eventually divided by death. God’s family, however, will outlive the universe. You didn’t pick me. I didn’t pick you. You may not like me. I may not like you. But since God picked and liked … Continue reading A Family of Friends
Today’s constant barrage of crisis-fueled news reports combined with the mind-numbing effects that statistics can have on the human brain can sometimes make us forget some things that need to be remembered. Pastor Saeed Abedini is one of them. It is likely that you’re familiar with the story of this Iranian-American Christian pastor who was … Continue reading Don’t Forget Pastor Saeed
How do you change a bad perception to a good one? (And, no, this isn’t the beginning line of a cheesy joke—it’s actually a very important question) If perceptions have grown dubious or negative, how do we change them? I hate it when people draw inaccurate perceptions about me. And even more than that I … Continue reading How to change a bad perception