Lent: An Uncluttered Time

The church season of Lent is an invitation to that uncluttered time. It is a chance act deliberately, and to put some space between ourselves and the frenzy of our busyness. It is a call to be quiet and to see what our busyness so often keeps us from recognizing. Namely, that we are dust, that we are creatures and not the Creator, and that we are as finite and fragile as the grass and flowers in the fields. At Lent, we remember that all flesh withers, falls, and fades. 

And yet, not everything is passing.

Resignation Announcement

Sojourn Network, a church planting network of over 70 churches across the country, announced today that President and Executive Director Dave Harvey has resigned. Since assuming these roles in 2015, Dave provided stable and faithful pastoral leadership. His steady hand has kept our organization strong, growing, and many of you have had the benefit of experiencing his presence and guidance personally.

Pastor, You Are Loved to the End

David’s words are mine some days. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins (Psalm 25:16-18). I know some of you would slowly nod your head to this too, as your eyes are cast downward, the contemplations of your heart reeling in a grey, slow-motion fog. “Have I been made for this work?”, you ask? “Of course”, you answer. But probably too quickly, and maybe for the first time you are not so sure. 

Charismatic, Liturgical, and Reformed

So what does it look like for an evangelical, Reformed, church-planting church to be appropriately Pentecostal today? How can we embrace the power of God for our lives, relationships, ministries, and churches? How can we become pentecostal (small “p,” not the capital “P” denomination and subculture) without giving up an inch of our liturgical, Reformed tradition?

Preaching Puts You In Your Place

I’ve not met too many pastors who come skipping into the pulpit on Sunday convinced they have the next “Don’t Waste Your Life” or “Sinners In the Hands of an Angry God” in their hot little hands. At least any who’ve been out of seminary for like a week. The reason why is that preaching is supposed to put a pastor in his place, and remind him every Sunday morning that he has one job to do that he didn’t get to write the job description for. Here’s three ways preaching puts us in our place, and why it should.

We Are All Pentecostals

When you hear the word “Pentecost,” what comes into your mind? The majority of us, I’m guessing, think of “Pentecostalism,” the denomination that emphasizes speaking in tongues and prophesying. At the seminary I attended, “Pentecostal” is a general term you could call somebody who gets a little carried away with the Spirit, isn’t quite gospel-centered enough, or gets less than a B- in elementary Greek. So we need to recapture this word.

Humility. Or Burnout. Part 2

Let me start with a definition of humility derived from A Theology of the Ordinary by Julie Canlis; humility is understanding who God is and who we are. This truth is allowing me to begin to see and experience conviction in two areas: my utter lack of true humility and second, the way that my pride, stress, and anxiety are intrinsically linked together. My pride will give me an inflated sense of self, telling me to do and be more than I was intended for. Burnout chases after those who do life and ministry without humility.

Grateful & Praying for J.D. Greear

Earlier this week the Southern Baptist Convention—the largest Protestant body in the United States and the largest Baptist denomination in the world—elected 45-year-old pastor J. D. Greear as its 62nd president, the youngest man to hold the office in 38 years.

We here at Sojourn Network want to extend our gratitude to J.D. for serving the church so well over the years. We're thrilled that he's been elected to this position and want to extend a heart-felt congratulation to him, his family, and his church. We will be praying for you and encouraging the pastors and churches of Sojourn Network to do the same.