Category Archives: Evangelism

Ode to the Flawed and Beautiful Church

I read this quote by Carlo Carretto this morning and thought it might be worth sharing with others who love and lead flawed churches: How much I must criticize you, my church, and yet how much I love you! You … Continue reading

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Tarnished Halos

I’m reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together for a coming class.  Bonhoeffer wrote this book while leading an underground seminary in Nazi Germany.  I remember starting to read this book either in seminary or in my early days of ministry and … Continue reading

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Soul-Preservation

One of the realities of modern-day ministry is the presence of critics.  Pastors face no shortage of people who want to impose their agendas, share their frustrations, and in some cases, make public their complaints about the church and its … Continue reading

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Leading When You Don’t Feel Like It

Yesterday was one of those bad news days for me as a leader.  Without going into the details, I found myself overwhelmed with feelings of sadness and anger along with a good dose of self-pity.  The incident came in the … Continue reading

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Sputtering On Fumes

I recently read The Great Evangelical Recession: 6 Factors That Will Crash the American Church and How to Prepare by John Dickerson (Baker, 2013).  Overall, I found it to be a worthwhile investment of time.  Here’s why . . . … Continue reading

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A Happy Introvert

Some conversations this week have caused me to think about what it’s like to be an introverted person who has been thrust by God into a role of leadership.  “Introverted pastor” sounds like an oxymoron in a culture that prizes … Continue reading

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From Lesbian to Pastor’s Wife

I just finished reading The Secret Thoughts of An Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012).  Here are my thoughts about the book: Why I picked it up: I recently … Continue reading

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Misreading Scripture

I’m going to try something new with my blog.  I read books quite a bit — I aim at one a week, though I often fall short of that goal.  I find it to be a valuable discipline in trying … Continue reading

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Crucified, Dead, and Buried

Keeping Company with Jesus     During Holy Week Saturday, March 30, 2013  Today’s Bible reading will focus on the day following Jesus’ crucifixion.  I encourage you to take some quiet, undistracted moments today to read or listen to the scripture passage, … Continue reading

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The Unwanted King

Keeping Company with Jesus During Holy Week Good Friday, March 29, 2013 Today’s Bible reading will focus on the hours leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion.  I encourage you to take some quiet, undistracted moments today to read or listen to … Continue reading

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