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I have spent the last five years as a bi-vocational church planter assuming that my non-ministry job has pulled my attention and focus away from my ministry. Recent conversations and experiences have shown the opposite to be true: my secular job experience has actually helped to enrich and refine my ministry.
In this post, I would like to share with you three ways that bi-vocational ministry has been for me a crucible that God has used to refine me pastorally.
In this famous and creative saga, which we must respect for its artistic value, we find many positive ideals—bravery, friendship, love, and spirituality, and others—which help explain the success of the series. However, in examining Star Wars’ account of the mystery and nobility of human life, the Bible’s answer, in comparison, emerges with incomparably more convincing power.
I’ve heard that phrase and even used it. It’s something I believe. The gospel is not the ABC’s of the Christian life, it is, as has been said, the A-Z of the Christian life. But this begs a question. What exactly does it mean to preach the gospel to yourself?
There are several ways of doing this as a discipline. I’m going to share with you today one method that I use of preaching the gospel to myself. I take my cues from Isaiah 6.
Part of what makes the Star Wars franchise so memorable is John Williams’ soundtrack. Even if you don’t know the difference between Endor and Tatooine, you could probably hum Darth Vader’s Imperial March or recall the wacky Cantina song.
As it turns out, a musical inspiration for Williams potentially served a similar role for Lewis in his development of The Chronicles of Narnia.
In American culture today, “story,” dominates, especially among young people. It seems that many find value in whether or not others validate their personal narrative or “story.” One example of our fascination with individual personal narratives is the popularity of the Humans of New York platform.