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.
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.
Don’t worry, this is not another article on the nature and effect of prayer as a spiritual discipline in the life of believers. For that, read “Prayer” by Tim Keller, “Recapturing the Wonder” by Mike Cosper, “Habits of Grace” by David Mathis or “A Praying Life” by Paul Miller. What I want to briefly discuss is two practical aspects of praying and why “prayer without ceasing” should become as natural as the daily conversations you have with friends and loved ones.
Russell Moore on parenting. Articles on addressing race in the church, similarities and differences between urban, suburban and rural communities in America, how famous creatives spent their days, and much more!
From Moses (Psalm 90) all the way through the 18th Century, the Psalms were the primary prayer book and the hymnal of the people of God. If you wanted to know how to grow in your intimacy with God, if you wanted a glimpse into God’s heart, if you wanted to learn how to pray, throughout the ages, most pastors would have had the same answer: “Work your way through the Psalms, and let the Psalms do their work upon you.”
Beginner’s Guide to Journaling. Why You Should Get Bored More Often. 12 Reasons People Leave a Church. How to Teach Boys to Respect Women. Exactly How To Spend The Last Hour Of Your Workday. Church Planting is Impossible. Why Retreat? And more…
The Blindness of Social Wealth. No Small Pastors. Two Kinds of Grateful Parenting. 45 Qualities Every True Leader Must Have. Are We Accidental Continuationists? Back from Sabbatical: 10 Reflections Upon Reentry. And more!
I realize that not all of us have the luxury of taking a sabbatical 5-7 years into our church plants, but I would encourage all pastors reading this to begin to have serious conversations with your elders or leadership teams about the necessity of sabbaticals for your spiritual, emotional and physical health.With that said, Melissa and I decided to jot down a few reflections (in no particular order) which we hope might be helpful to you whether a sabbatical is coming soon or later.
It appears that Alexander Pope was right when he said that a little learning is a dangerous thing. We've got resources on overconfidence, the dream of a disciple-making church, urban church planting, the rise of church planting networks and bi-vocational pastors, disconnecting from social media, and the average amount of debt each US age group has. Enjoy!
The church is responsible to baptize only believers, those whom God has saved and changed. So, as you, parents and church ministry leaders, consider whether or not the child in your care is ready, here are seven things to keep in mind
Almost 1 in 5 women in Japanese prisons is a senior. Their crimes are usually minor—9 in 10 senior women who’ve been convicted were found guilty of shoplifting. This week's Roundup features a piece that demonstrates just why community is so important for human flourishing. We've also got resources on paper airplanes, child dedication services, using the creeds and confessions in corporate worship, how to preach Ecclesiastes, and a hilarious, 9-year-old caption creator for the New Yorker. Enjoy!
Hard to believe it, but 50 Resource Roundups have now come and gone. Since this seems like it should be considered some sort of milestone, we decided to go all out and provide our BIGGEST Roundup ever. You won't want to miss this one.