Christmas: A Time for Evangelism

With Thanksgiving over, many of us are focusing our attention on Christmas. For many of us, Christmas is one of the most hectic times of the year. We have gifts to purchase, family events to schedule, and traditions to keep alive. Though we’re busy, Christians cannot afford to allow Christmas to pass us by. Whether... Continue Reading →

The Suffering of Pastoral Ministry

In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul defends his ministry as an apostle by listing the ways that he has suffered as a minister of the gospel. Against his opponents, he says that he has been imprisoned, flogged, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, hunted, and starved for the sake of his ministry. Paul’s list of suffering doesn’t stop at... Continue Reading →

A Theology of Church Finance

I’ve worked at two churches and I have many friends who are pastors. Here’s one thing that nearly all of our churches have in common: Finances are sometimes a little too slim for comfort. Very few churches have way too much cash lying around. Instead, many churches have to follow a strict budget. Managing church... Continue Reading →

Why My Church Does Business Meetings

A good friend of mine who grew up in the Catholic Church attended her first Protestant service on a Wednesday night at my church. Thinking back, I remember when she entered the church and sat down on a pew next to her boyfriend. As I introduced myself, I learned that she had extremely limited experience... Continue Reading →

Three Things Church Membership Means

Writing to perhaps the most troubled of the New Testament churches, Paul said: “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in... Continue Reading →

Having a Successful Ministry

What does it take to be a successful minister? Pastors typically judge our effectiveness based upon the holy trinity of ministry success: budgets, baptisms, and bodies. The more money the church takes in, the better we feel about how we’re doing. The more people we baptize, the more the Lord approves of us. If we... Continue Reading →

What Every Pastor Wants

Recently, my wife's flatiron unexpectedly gave up the ghost. Like the good, dutiful husband I am, or at least attempt to be on my better days, I bought her a replacement flatiron which arrived in the mail later that week. Now, this process revealed two things to me: First, flatirons are outrageously expensive! I'm currently... Continue Reading →

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