Not Enough Time to Share the Gospel?

“I’ve been convicted that saying “I don’t have enough time” is a very bad habit.  So when I say that I don’t have enough time, whether I’m conscious of it or not, I’m essentially saying that God is either insufficient or He’s stingy. I’m saying it’s not my fault that I don’t have enough time; […]

Five Myths about Youth Ministry

“You’re in youth ministry, you basically just do fun stuff and play games all the time, right?” I’ve gotten this question more times than I can count over the years. My response usually goes something like this, “Yes, youth ministry IS fun and games, but it’s not JUST fun and games”. – Scott Frazier Scott Frazier’s blog, “5 […]

Uncomfortable Competition

I want to share some thoughts that have been rolling around in my head for a while.  These thoughts are in the process of being formed but aren’t fully formed yet. I’m feeling uncomfortable with a competition that seems to be happening in the church world these days.  It is most noticeable at leadership/church planting/ministry […]

A New Approach to Mental Illness in the Church

“It is common practice in churches to treat mental illness differently. We immediately assume there is something else, some deeper spiritual struggle causing mental and emotional strain. But, let me be direct here: if we immediately dismiss the possibility of mental illness and automatically assume spiritual deficiency, our actions amount to spiritual abuse. I know […]

Digging In: Cultivating a Health Church Culture

“Just as soil quality influences the potential outcomes of a field, the culture of a congregation establishes the environment that often predetermines the effectiveness of God’s Word in that body of believers. In other words, a church’s culture influences its impact.” – Digging In: Cultivating a Health Church Culture by Jim Powell As I approach my […]

Three Reasons Why Singing is Essential in the Life of the Disciple

To be honest I haven’t given much thought to the spiritual discipline aspect of singing.  In his blog, “Three Reasons Why Singing is Essential in the Life of the Disciple” Michael Kelley begins, “There are certain habits that are synonymous with spiritual growth. We call these things spiritual disciplines, and they’re things like reading the […]