Pondering the Word of God

Your Local Christian Church: Solution or Problem for the Community?

Is your local church a part of the problem or the solution for your community? 4 Questions a Pastor Asks What do you want? What do you need? What do you do? How do you feel about what you did? You should ask yourself this question about your ministry, your church, your daily life.  But especially your church.  What do you want in church, what do you actually need in church, and what do you…

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Can Pastors Be Bivocational and Effective to Minister to Independent Churches?

I’m a bivopastor (trivo actually) by choice and by calling. I love this style of ministry. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to full-time professional ministry.   When I first considered it, I thought it was an indication of my inability to succeed as a professional pastor but I could never reconcile for myself the drain of professional staff salaries/benefits/housing on a church budget with the great need to support life-giving ministries. Then I…

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If White Men Were Black

One Pastor’s Take on Reported Police Shootings of Non-violent Black Men

To all of my conservative friends: I’ve seen a lot of angry posts recently about how Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family seem to live above the law. Though I hardly call myself a conservative pastor anymore, I’ve shared these sentiments and have posted many of these same posts. Not a Conservative Pastor Anymore I’ve expressed the same anger and vitriol over just how unfair our justice system is. But, after not one, but two…

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Have influence over your followers

Two Crucial Steps To Fulfilling Your Church Vision For The New Year

On this blog, we often write about the importance of having a vision – for your church in general and for your ministry social media platforms in particular. Write your vision and make it plain… (Habakkuk 2:2) If you have a clear vision, at some point you are required to take small steps of faith in that direction. Otherwise the vision will be stuck in your head. Start Small But Start Right Away The most…

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Ask for Boldness

What Does Acts of the Apostles Teach Us When We Pray for Boldness?

What Does Acts of the Apostles Teach Us When We Pray for Boldness? Be careful what you ask for. “That’s the story of Acts – they pray for boldness in the beginning, they practice boldness throughout, and it ends on the note that the Gospel continued going forward boldly without hindrance.” ———————————————— This project turned out to be longer (i.e., more long-winded) than I first envisioned. But once I got into it, it was too…

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  • Ephesians 1:7 April 4, 2020
    “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”
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