Today is the last day to take advantage of Zondervan Academic’s ebook sale featuring a number of great commentaries. Be sure to also consider these books from Christian Focus:
- In Defense of the Fatherless by Sara Brinton & Amanda Bennett
- Mea Culpa: Learning from Mistakes in the Ministry by Kyle McClellan
- Tough Topics 2 by Sam Storms
I appreciate this discussion between these three men on Gaye Clark’s unintentionally controversial article. Thabiti also shares his appreciation for Gaye’s desire to further a needed conversation, and how she responded to the criticism that came her way.
This is big news for California-based religious schools.
Satanic preaching is boring because the goal isn’t to engage people with preaching. It’s to leave the “desires of the flesh” alone, so that the hearers may continue in their captivity to the prince of the power of this air.
It is deeply tragic when ministry leaders lose their ministry, when sin sidelines them for a season. Not only is it painful for the leader, but also it is painful for the people who have been impacted and influenced through their leadership. Because sin is always crouching at the door and because Satan prowls around like a roaring lion looking to devour, we shouldn’t be surprised when great leaders implode. We should grieve, pray, and love, but we shouldn’t think ourselves better. In fact, here are five ways to lose our own ministries.
Most of my pastor friends are driven leaders too, which is how God designed them. The original Disciples were no different, which is why they were likely frustrated when they were called to COME, GO, and then WAIT for the Holy Spirit.
That hurts. And it hurts over and over again. Failure is a heavy emotional weight, but it can also be a very good teacher. Maybe, in fact, the best teacher.
A favorite post of mine from 2015:
Over time, I grew less enamored with some of those preachers (or at least their preaching). As I listened, I increasingly realized that the guys that seemed to be able to get up and had little more than a post-it for notes weren’t actually saying much of anything. They were using a great many words to say very little.