The world speaks about being self-made. Kids are told that they can be whatever they want to be. We’re taught to ‘suck it up’. There is a bit of a culture that suggests that vulnerability is a bad thing. It’s in the church too. People can seem shocked if you answer anything other than ‘fine’Continue reading “Vulnerability is good”
I love receiving books to review about preaching, because 1) I preach regularly and 2) because I love preaching. Over the last few days I have read two very different books, one reflects on 50 years of Word ministry and the other focuses on the use of emotions in preaching (kind of). Let me sayContinue reading “Preaching; Experience and Emotions”
“I’m fine” We’ve all said it, even when it’s as far from the truth as possible. “I’m fine” We’ve said it even though we’ve just balled our eyes out in secret. “I’m fine” It’s a coping mechanism that portrays an image of strength, but in reality it’s a mask that hides the crumbling emotional lifeContinue reading “Don’t Hide Behind A Stiff Upper Lip”
Communication is important. But communication can also be hard. The trickiest thing is often how we effectively communicate our emotions. Especially if our emotions are painful. It isn’t always easy, is it?
If we want the children in our churches to grow up to be strong believers, then we need to teach them. We need to teach them the truth. They will be confronted with lies as they grow up. Their faith will be challenged. They must be prepared for that battleground. The training of kids doesn’tContinue reading “Kid’s Corner”
I’m part of a writing community that posts weekly challenges to help us all grow and develop in our work. Here is a recent one; the piece was to be 300 words and the topic was ‘Like Sea Billows Roll’.
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.