It’s time to stop using a preaching style which kills the bible.
The young pastor glanced at me and nodded his head towards a crowd across the room. ‘That man has a problem,’ he said. I knew who he meant. But I reckon my young pastor friend was mistaken. It was the night of the Annual Meeting. Now, whatever your denomination or tribe, I’ll bet you have
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The committee was stuck in the mud, revving its wheels like a stranded Land Rover.
It’s the old adage: if they’re not actually learning, then I’m not teaching – whatever else I think I’m doing.
This is an honest book, written by a sensitive Christian for a Christian readership, to help us to understand, embrace, sit with and pray for our sisters and brothers who face depression as a daily reality.
Yet another high profile ministry crashed, leaving a trail of spiritual wreckage and a plume of non-Christian cynicism. And the lesson again is the deadly nature of being a lone pastor, an unaccountable pastor, a too-senior-to be-talked to-seriously pastor.
There are occasions where you need to know a lot, and maybe be exhaustive. But that habit can hurt us badly when it comes to other, more practical, areas.
It’s time to revisit your New Year’s resolution to read a major theologian this year
If we become more attentive to our decisions to act and to the feedback, we can improve more carefully.
Artists and musicians produce dazzling and original works from a limited source. We have a dazzling gospel – so how come it produces such predictable preaching?
It is becoming harder for TV programmes to shock enough to get ratings, and that’s only partly because they up against an unrated internet. It’s also because as a culture (and Evangelical sub-culture) we have become much, much harder to shock.
I took the passage to a local coffee shop, and watched the customers. What does this passage have to say to 21st century urbanites, most of whom gave up on the god-idea years ago? How does this prise open their questions, address their fears and hopes, shift their distracted focus onto Christ?
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If our church took the approach of simply transporting a student-church model for training and equipping, we wouldn’t begin to resource our people.
We are pastors, and when we have a hard message, and we know the effect it will have, our hearts shift.
Mike Ovey, who died suddenly on January 7th aged 58, was a pioneering theological educator, and an architect of global Anglican Evangelicalism.
How four, gospel hearted people, see the same church planting task from four, necessary, complementary perspectives.
How I learnt to write in six different drafts.
Elephants Leaders like it large At our best, leaders like it large because that means more people are hearing, believing and maturing in the gospel. More people have found a spiritual home. More people are exercising their gifts in ministry More people are giving their lives in Christ’s service. More resources can be raised