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

The Decline of the SBC

Earlier this week, the SBC released their Annual Church Profile, which gives a summary of the convention’s membership totals. The alarm bells are sounding across the convention because membership has declined for the seventh straight year. While this number is getting the bulk of the attention, I believe a different category sheds light on the … More The Decline of the SBC

A Culture of Grace

Here’s a beautiful description from Jared Wilson’s book The Pastor’s Justification on what a church with a culture of grace looks like: I remind myself and my church often that a message of grace may attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them. They want to know—we want to know, the Lord wants … More A Culture of Grace

Sentences Change Lives

John Piper once wrote, “Books don’t change people; paragraphs do, sometimes even sentences.” Think about some of your favorite books. Oftentimes, books make our favorites list because they brought us face-to-face with a profound statement that peeled back the layers of falsehood and gave us a glimpse of truth. Maybe, instead, it was a scene … More Sentences Change Lives