Four Reasons Pastors Must Address Faith & Work

This article was originally published on Dec. 4, 2015 at the Intersect Project website. Addressing issues of faith and work may seem insignificant to some pastors. After all, there’s usually some crisis in the world that you need to address publicly or some particular struggle within the congregation to which you need to give attention. … More Four Reasons Pastors Must Address Faith & Work

Outliers, Success, and the Sovereignty of God

What causes success? That question—or rather, answers to that question—have produced countless books, conferences, and soul-searching experiences. Success is an obsession for our culture. Judging by most of the literature and films on the topic, determination and skill are the two ingredients to success. You want to succeed? Look to the example of Rocky Balboa or … More Outliers, Success, and the Sovereignty of God

Jesus is Greater than Your Twitter Bio

We use all sorts of activities and attributes to define ourselves. Runner. Writer. Foodie. Christian. Jesus freak. Agnostic. Democrat. Libertarian. Baller. Coffee snob. Reader. Dad. Mom. Reluctant father-in-law. Our social media bios are filled with descriptors like these. Now, let’s be honest. Just because I list something on my bio doesn’t mean that it’s true. … More Jesus is Greater than Your Twitter Bio

The Danger of Faking Pastoral Ministry

A sobering quote from Eugene Peterson’s Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity: I don’t know of any other profession in which it is quite easy to fake it as in ours. By adopting a reverential demeanor, cultivating a stained-glass  voice, slipping occasional words like “eschatology” into conversation and heilsgeschichte into our discourse—not often enough actually … More The Danger of Faking Pastoral Ministry