An excerpt from "The Devil and the Church" by E.M. Bounds... The young preacher has been taught to lay out all his strength on the form, style, and beauty of his sermon as an oratorical performance. We have thereby cultivated a worldly taste in the church and raised the clamor for... talent, instead of grace; … Continue reading The Devil and the Church
I have long admired the work of Matt Dabbs, and he has become an important voice within the Church of Christ fellowship who humbly calls us back to the most important elements of the Christian's calling. In the following post from Matt, I think he is spot on with his diagnosis of our current situation. … Continue reading What Will You Regret?
Popular blogger and preacher Carey Nieuwhof recently wrote a blog post that caught my attention because of its sheer honesty. In it, Nieuwhof identifies a major problem in the church, which is the lack of responsibility that many Christians take for the condition of their own hearts, attitudes, and actions. Here's his post: There’s a … Continue reading What You Can’t Blame the Church For
I know, I know, I know...I need to finish out this series on my sabbatical before the end of the year! Sorry for the delay between posts but I promised you two bonus segments, so here's the first one that deals with my church visit experiences. First, let's reset the series. In November, I went on … Continue reading Sabbatical, Bonus: My Church Visit Experiences
In the latest edition of The Christian Chronicle, there is a great interview about preaching that every preacher should read (especially you younger preachers out there). The interview is with David Wilson, who is the Senior Minister for Kings Church of Christ in Brooklyn, NY. Here's a portion of the interview: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ As a preacher, … Continue reading The Goal of Preaching
I found this article by Tim Challies to be an interesting and helpful read about Christians' relationship with today's world... When I was a kid, my family once watched a movie that included vivid scenes of persecution against the earliest Christians. I remember lying awake at night, terrified by these images of Christians burning in … Continue reading A Sober Warning to Christians
Leading change in any organization is difficult. It presents many challenges, obstacles, and complexities that have to be skillfully navigated. It also unearths a plethora of opinions from the people in the organization, including many that stand in opposition to the change that is being proposed. So, how do leaders make sense of all these … Continue reading How to Filter Opinions