How to Judge a Sermon

Pastoring is a broad job: Pastors are counselors and confidants, teachers and trainers, supervisors and superintendents. Each pastor is uniquely gifted for and/or prefers one of these roles over the others. This is natural and is part of how the pastor is made in the image of God; differences in ministry preferences and skills are … Continue reading How to Judge a Sermon

Anselm and Tertullian on Christianity and Philosophy

“What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem?”[1] Tertullian, a church father and apologist who lived in the late 2nd and early 3rd century AD, wrote a scathing critique of nominal Christians who fall headlong into false doctrine and heresies. By asking what Athens has to do with Jerusalem, Tertullian meant to critique Christians who … Continue reading Anselm and Tertullian on Christianity and Philosophy

3 Reasons Your Pastor Should Let You Down

Being a pastor is a difficult job. On the one hand, we want to please people; that's just human nature! I genuinely want people to enjoy my sermons, I want programs to run efficiently, and I want every service to be flawless. On the other hand, any pastor worth having knows that personal satisfaction and … Continue reading 3 Reasons Your Pastor Should Let You Down

The Gospel and Race

“In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then … Continue reading The Gospel and Race