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
Why ever wouldn’t you want to evangelise? And I know the answer: it’s because of the push-back that we anticipate, brace ourselves for, practice feeling the pain for, and therefore fear. As Bill Hybels puts it, “We say people’s ‘No’ for them.” So what’s the answer?
Today was just an ordinary day in many ways – the usual work of a pastor, some ho-hum, and some more unusual, some essential and some more trivial. But it occurs to me that in the course of today I gave something away at least ten times.
Wy did I just break the habit of a lifetime, and tell people how I voted?
If it’s good to have friends a as a pastor, what are some biblical principles, and where are the boundaries?
Yup, I have ten copies of Thom Rainer’s new book ‘Who moved my pulpit?’ to give away (thanks, Thom!).
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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.
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.
Surgery for cancer slowed me right down and taught me lessons about patience that I don’t want to lose as I speed up again.
A really simple way to turn an ordinary notebook into a practical tool for conferences
…as you can see from the video in the sidebar, I’ve been having a bit of a health battle. I haven’t been blogging about it because that’s not how I process those kind of experiences, but I’m getting back to a good place now, and my energy levels are returning So I reckon the blog
We’ve all done it. You may be drafting one for Sunday. I certainly am. But why do we preach three-point sermons? Sometimes it’s because the text drives us that way. I think that’s what’s happening for me this week – there really is no way to chunk the passage other than to divide it into
This morning we had a masterclass from Jesus in how to preach quite directly and without ambiguity about sexual sin, but without falling into the trap of being embarrassing, or cute, or ‘daringly’ explicit. We need how to do this, because our people need direct teaching. In a few weeks’ time, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 89,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see
This is my 100th post since I started last summer, and so I thought it was time to get some feedback. So, I have two simple questions: Why do you visit ministrynutsandbolts.com? What’s the most important thing that the blog could help you with? Comments below – and thanks in advance! Chris
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It sounds like firm, clear leadership – or ego driven leadership. It rather depends on which side of the decision and leadership you’re standing on. Those of us who are leaders have a limited amount of leadership capital, and we don’t want to spend it on the wrong issues. So we need to distinguish two
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How far ahead do you you plan your sermons? Someone asked me this week, and was rather surprised when I said that my pattern in church was eighteen months ahead. Why so long? Here were my reasons Authenticity. I need to get inside this Biblical book and let it read me, repeatedly. I need to