Church leadership is hard; it involves stress, worries, late nights, deep conversations and frustrations. But at the same time church leadership is a joy; it is a pleasure to serve, care for, guide, point people to Christ and love people like family. I have just started my third year of ministry at a church leadershipContinue reading “The heart of an under-shepherd…”
Abuse is a horrible topic! It comes in many different ways and each of them comes with horrors of their own. In recent weeks and months I’ve been thinking quite a bit about abuse because it is has come more and more to the forefront of the mind of the global church.
I’ve been around people who are in ministry my whole life, I’ve been in ministry for a few years and I’ve learned many things. Two things that I’ve learned are 1) ministry is fun, and 2) ministry is hard.
We live in a world where people get hurt. People make fun of others, silently judge others and they ask questions that are inappropriate and can be quite hurtful. You have probably seen this conversation play out in front of your very eyes. Man: Are you single?
One of the easiest things in the world to do, especially if your British, is to stand and criticise. It’s so simple to see flaws in a person, in the global church or in a Christian denomination when you’re standing outside of it. Many people like to point out flaws, to point the finger andContinue reading “Do you walk the walk?”
How dare God ask that of me? Who is He is expect me to follow that outdated command? How on Earth can I live the life that the Bible tells me to? If you’re like me you’ve definitely heard these questions and many more. Maybe you have even thought them yourself in the past orContinue reading “The path that’s hard but beautiful”
It’s been nearly two years since Sabine and I moved church. We moved because I was given a job as Assistant Pastor in a different church in Edinburgh. Even though we weren’t moving city, we were still nervous about how we would manage changing church.
It’s so easy to get pulled into the thinking that church is there to serve us, isn’t it? People go to churches that they like, which is not always the church that they actually need. People soften the gospel message to make it nicer to hear. People can be more concerned with entertainment rather thanContinue reading “Comfortable Christianity…”
Have you ever heard of a church or a Christian describe themselves as being progressive? On the surface this might sound great, I mean who doesn’t want to be constantly changing and growing right? But is that what people mean?
I’m generally the kind of guy who will sit in the back of the room contemplating something, or if someone asks a question I’ll not answer, right away, but think on it for a wee while. One of the things that I have been thinking about recently is complementarianism, and more specifically how exactly thisContinue reading “How complementarian is our complementarianism?”