How to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
Apr07

How to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

I didn’t know I would become a preacher. I always had great respect for them. My father still preaches on a volunteer basis for the church I grew up in—and I think he’s fantastic at it. But, I always thought I would do something else. I thought I’d be a baseball player or a lawyer…perhaps start my own business. But, not a preacher. I have fellow preachers who knew from an early age they were meant to do it. Mine was a gradual...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 112
Apr04

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 112

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: Yes, I would love to see George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic in concert at the House of Blues. Who wouldn’t? Yesterday on Facebook and Twitter, I asked people to mention what the worst gift card they ever received was. The answers were awesome. If you’ve got something to add, I’d love to have it. Right now I’ve started reading two books that I’m thoroughly enjoying: Can We...

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What’s Your 95mph Fastball?
Nov25

What’s Your 95mph Fastball?

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...

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Why Some Ministers Don’t Want Freedom in Ministry
Jul03

Why Some Ministers Don’t Want Freedom in Ministry

In honor of Independence Day, this week’s posts will have to do with the concept of freedom in ministry. This post is the second installment. While most ministers do want significant freedom in ministry, some do not. These ministers are typically gifted more as “doers” or “implementors” than leaders. God can use all kinds of ministers. However, having a doer in a leader’s role, or a leader in a...

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Do You Wish God Had “Gifted” You Differently?

Over the last couple of days I have started church planter assessment and preparation for further training with Kairos Church Planting Support. Part of the preparation is taking assessments of everything from personality to marital health to readiness to plant a church–and of course, spiritual gifts. According to the spiritual gifts inventory, my primary spiritual gifts are: Leadership, Wisdom, Discernment, Teaching I...

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