Saturday Snippets (April 10)

As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers…

Pastors, platforms and pedestals

Pastors can be loved by their congregations. That is a good thing. It’s good for faithful ministry to be appreciated and celebrated. The Church is full of many gifted pastors who preach faithfully and point people to Jesus. But there are also dangers. For example, one danger is that pastors are put on a pedestalContinue reading “Pastors, platforms and pedestals”

Journal each sermon…

I have written before on the topic of taking notes during a sermon, why I think it’s helpful and a few suggestions on different ways to approach notes. I have also written about ways to help you remember what you read in your personal devotions and little tips that might help you out. Every nowContinue reading “Journal each sermon…”

Saturday Snippets (April 3)

As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers…

Go Outside Your ‘tribe’

I’m not a fan of labels. But that’s probably a whole different blog post in itself. Labels don’t often fit. They can cause misunderstanding where it doesn’t exists. But labels also create the potential danger that we only gather around likeminded people and create a hive mind, in the negative sense. This is usually calledContinue reading “Go Outside Your ‘tribe’”

Saturday Snippets (March 27)

As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers…

Charisma does not equal Christlikeness

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about pastors and church leadership. I’ve spent time particularly focusing on what qualities churches should be looking for in a pastor. In the midst of this, I read an article (which to my knowledge has since been removed) arguing that pastors were leaving pastoral ministry because they weren’t qualified.Continue reading “Charisma does not equal Christlikeness”

Both–And; Understanding Apparent Contradictions in Christianity

When you first hear about God and Christianity there can seem to be contradictions. Such apparent contradictions are often raised in evangelism and in discussions of what the Christian faith is all about. How do we understand the apparent contradiction that the Bible says Jesus is both full man and fully God? Or that ChristiansContinue reading “Both–And; Understanding Apparent Contradictions in Christianity”

Pastors need practical training too…

I saw an article yesterday arguing that the reason many church leaders were leaving their roles is because they were not fulfilling the biblical requirements for being elders. This can definitely be case, but I don’t think it’s that simple. Many pastors can leave the ministry because… Pastors may get the theory of ministry inContinue reading “Pastors need practical training too…”