Rising from the Pew

Rising from the Pew

Does your church have chairs or pews? The old pews I grew up sitting on really wore on the tailbone and backbone; today’s chairs are so much more comfortable. But then again, comfortable is not what we’re supposed to feel at church. Church is where we sit for a bit,...
Answering the Entrepreneurial Call pt 2

Answering the Entrepreneurial Call pt 2

A lot of images come to mind with the word entrepreneur. There’s a Silicon Valley stereotype that includes a button-down shirt with a Patagonia vest. A lot of people will think of someone young, someone working in technology. Few people would think of a gardener. But...
Answering the Entrepreneurial Call

Answering the Entrepreneurial Call

The word calling has dominated Christian circles in recent years, and it has taken on a mysterious power that no one seems to have nailed down. Does God call people into certain jobs and professions? Is calling a special spiritual experience? Are some people called...
Rest and Refresh 

Rest and Refresh 

We need rest. Scripture teaches that we are dust (Gen. 3:19). Unlike God, we tire. We are finite creatures. We need sleep and refreshment. John Piper reminds us: “Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God….Once a day God sense us to bed like patients with...
Pastor: Thou Shalt Not Kill Thyself

Pastor: Thou Shalt Not Kill Thyself

 Ministry is hard work, beset by temptation, difficulty, and weariness. Clergy are not immune to depression or suicidal thoughts. What follows is advice for pastors, designed to help prevent the depression that can lead to suicide. Fellowship It is all too common for...