Risk is usually called, “stepping out on faith,” in church. That’s a shame, because they aren’t the same thing. There is such a thing as stepping out on faith. It’s just not the same as taking faith-based risks that make common sense. For instance, “stepping out on faith” might mean a church aspires to a particular goal or vision God has for them that will require stretching and perhaps some risk. There has been a season of spiritual discernment, and such decisions usually take time to make.Continue Reading...
Archives For Spiritual Formation
A couple of months ago I had lunch with one of those Yodas–those wise, older pastors who have been in ministry so long they ooze wisdom without knowing it. This gentleman could offer commentary on nearly anything and it would be laced with something helpful. He’s been at the same congregation for more than thirty years, and in ministry for more than thirty-five years.
That takes some doing. It doesn’t just happen. It takes something to live one’s life with integrity in a fish bowl, make the sacrifices full-time ministry asks of you, help grow a church over decades, and still smile a lot—after nearly forty years. Such pastors are my heroes. I hope to be one of them.Continue Reading...
Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:
-I’ve been fathering alone for the last 2 weeks. Emily has been in Costa Rica and returns tomorrow evening. I can’t wait until she gets home. Our family, like yours I’m sure, is a unit. It isn’t as rich when any of us are gone…moms especially.
-What’s the best book on spiritual growth you’ve read that was written in the last 20 years by someone not named Foster or Willard?
-What’s the best book on preaching you’ve read in the last 20 years not written by someone named Long, Stott, Craddock or Buttrick?
-Both spirituality and preaching need some fresh, deep voices. The best books written “recently” are at least 15 years old now.