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What Does it Mean to Be a Disciple?  

What Does it Mean to Be a Disciple?  

What is the definition of discipleship? As Christians, we’re told to “go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19), but what does that mean in practical terms? Here is the reality if you are a Christian: You can say without hesitation, “I am a disciple.”...

Marriage and money – fireworks or fun?

Marriage and money – fireworks or fun?

Finances are cited as one of the greatest sources of disagreements, arguments, and even a cause for divorce. The first is lack of communication, and the second is money disagreements. But money itself is not the problem. Money problems are a symptom of a heart issue....

Knowing Whose You Are: Clinging to God in Influencer Culture

Knowing Whose You Are: Clinging to God in Influencer Culture

I’m with some fellow graduate students who are seeking God for next steps. Out of all we have learned, God, how then should we live?  We crazy Christians have the audacity to think we can actually hear from God. And how easily I forget that this is an actual miracle:...

Boundaries

Boundaries

When I look back at my time in full-time ministry, I see how much I struggled making clear boundaries.  I want you to learn from the mistakes I made and help you to have a long-term healthy run in ministry leadership.  Without boundaries, the chance of a quick burnout...

Five Biggest Tax Mistakes Made by Pastors

Five Biggest Tax Mistakes Made by Pastors

…and What You Can Do to Avoid Them It’s tax season again, and pastors across the U.S. are gathering the financial documents necessary to carry out their civic duty. With inherent complications of ministerial tax treatment, albeit with some benefits. How can ministers...

Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets

Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets

My Dad had a terrible habit. I thought it was terrible, anyway. Or At least I thought so. He wouldn’t tell me what to do. Specifically, he wouldn’t tell me what to do when I didn’t know what to do and wanted him to tell me what he thought I should do. True, most kids...

The End of Time

The End of Time

Pastor Resources · The End Of Time It certainly seems like we live in a day when everyone is interested in the end of time. This appears to surface in every period of history that has seen trying times as preachers, teachers, and parishioners try to make sense of what...

Believing You Matter

Believing You Matter

Pastor Resources · Seen Known Loved Excerpt When we talk about God, it is important to realize that we are not talking about some idea of our own making. We are talking about the God who created roaring seas of wonder, covered the mountaintops with swirling snow, and...

Self-Emptying, The Mystery of Our Salvation

Self-Emptying, The Mystery of Our Salvation

Pastor Resources · Self Emptying If I want to be full, open to receiving abundant grace—more human, selfless—first I must be emptied. He must increase, and I must decrease (John 3:30 ESV). The word I discovered is kenōsis. Oh, it’s not that I never heard the word. On...

Memory and Mercy at the Table of the Lord

Memory and Mercy at the Table of the Lord

Pastor Resources · Memory And Mercy At The Table Of The Lord How do we remember well? How do we recall the pain of history without reinforcing its trauma or repeating its mistakes? How do we memorialize without sanitizing? In the wake of monuments tumbling-- in some...

What Does it Mean to Be a Disciple?  

What Does it Mean to Be a Disciple?  

What is the definition of discipleship? As Christians, we’re told to “go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19), but what does that mean in practical terms? Here is the reality if you are a Christian: You can say without hesitation, “I am a disciple.”...

Marriage and money – fireworks or fun?

Marriage and money – fireworks or fun?

Finances are cited as one of the greatest sources of disagreements, arguments, and even a cause for divorce. The first is lack of communication, and the second is money disagreements. But money itself is not the problem. Money problems are a symptom of a heart issue....

Knowing Whose You Are: Clinging to God in Influencer Culture

Knowing Whose You Are: Clinging to God in Influencer Culture

I’m with some fellow graduate students who are seeking God for next steps. Out of all we have learned, God, how then should we live?  We crazy Christians have the audacity to think we can actually hear from God. And how easily I forget that this is an actual miracle:...

Boundaries

Boundaries

When I look back at my time in full-time ministry, I see how much I struggled making clear boundaries.  I want you to learn from the mistakes I made and help you to have a long-term healthy run in ministry leadership.  Without boundaries, the chance of a quick burnout...

Five Biggest Tax Mistakes Made by Pastors

Five Biggest Tax Mistakes Made by Pastors

…and What You Can Do to Avoid Them It’s tax season again, and pastors across the U.S. are gathering the financial documents necessary to carry out their civic duty. With inherent complications of ministerial tax treatment, albeit with some benefits. How can ministers...

Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets

Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets

My Dad had a terrible habit. I thought it was terrible, anyway. Or At least I thought so. He wouldn’t tell me what to do. Specifically, he wouldn’t tell me what to do when I didn’t know what to do and wanted him to tell me what he thought I should do. True, most kids...

The End of Time

The End of Time

Pastor Resources · The End Of Time It certainly seems like we live in a day when everyone is interested in the end of time. This appears to surface in every period of history that has seen trying times as preachers, teachers, and parishioners try to make sense of what...

Believing You Matter

Believing You Matter

Pastor Resources · Seen Known Loved Excerpt When we talk about God, it is important to realize that we are not talking about some idea of our own making. We are talking about the God who created roaring seas of wonder, covered the mountaintops with swirling snow, and...

Self-Emptying, The Mystery of Our Salvation

Self-Emptying, The Mystery of Our Salvation

Pastor Resources · Self Emptying If I want to be full, open to receiving abundant grace—more human, selfless—first I must be emptied. He must increase, and I must decrease (John 3:30 ESV). The word I discovered is kenōsis. Oh, it’s not that I never heard the word. On...

Memory and Mercy at the Table of the Lord

Memory and Mercy at the Table of the Lord

Pastor Resources · Memory And Mercy At The Table Of The Lord How do we remember well? How do we recall the pain of history without reinforcing its trauma or repeating its mistakes? How do we memorialize without sanitizing? In the wake of monuments tumbling-- in some...

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