Several times recently I’ve seen Christians caught out by video clips on the web , saying things which were, with hindsight, not what they should really have said. How can we minimise the risk of this happening to us?
Month: May 2016
Why do pastors, who know and teach the importance of relationships in church, have such problems living it out? Why is it such a common issue to wonder whether pastors are allowed ‘friends’ in church? Are the demands and duties of being a pastor so great, that we are exempt from the normal patterns of friendship?
From June 1st I’m going to be running a giveaway for copies of Thom Rainer’s new book, ‘Who Moved My Pulpit? Leading Change in the Church’. Stay tuned for more details! You can download a sample chapter from this post.
God has given us minds – minds which need constant renewal and growth in line with the gospel (Rom. 12:2) so that we see our world and ourselves in line with truth. Using them well is an act worshipful obedience (Rom.12:1), and using them badly is an act of idolatrous rebellion (Rom. 1:18-32).
Staying fit and healthy is an option that most of us can make choices about, and if they increase the chances not just of living longer, being married longer, seeing our great-grandchildren, but of being useful in ministry for longer, I reckon most of us would make an effort if we thought about it.
We should have a weekly rest from our daily work, and that is good for us physically (that’s from creation) and spiritually (that’s from salvation). But what do we do, to rest?
For all the frustrations of commuting, trivia, colleagues and bureaucracy, we still all know that deep down it is a good thing to have a reason to get out of bed and get to work. We are made by God for good work, and finding it is a deep need.
The body God has given us to serve him has physical needs, and if we neglect those needs, we are not being good stewards.