Hutchmoot has just happened, in the UK for the first time. What, you ask, is a Hutchmoot? Well, let me tell you a story. In Nashville, Tennessee, lives the wonderfully talented Andrew Peterson. He’s a novelist, and a publisher, and a family man, and he keeps bees, but he is also, and above all, a
The bible tells us to sing, repeatedly. Across both Testaments, at home and in exile, before and after Jesus, to God and to one another. Why? I mean, why sing rather than, for instance, reading the bible out loud, in chorus? We do that sometimes, and it works. If we are serving each other
Rest. Days off. Holidays. Even the occasional evening off – how do we make the best use of it? After all, it’s not just a good part of the creation rhythm, but it’s a reminder of the gospel. Salvation – even a pastor’s salvation – is not accomplished by your work. Well, we know the
The Preacher’s Plateau. We’ve all seen it, heard it, smelt it. It’s the growing sense that the preacher has a style, a pattern, a groove. A default. I’ve seen it happen to preachers even in their late twenties: they get approval for preaching in a particular way, and they then assume that that is the
This wasn’t just being busy; this was a series of simultaneous responsibilities with a major price tag, and a lot of grieving people.
Are we willing to use people who are better than us? Because if not, we are doomed to be the best person in the room.
When I see younger leaders stuck in the mud, it’s often because they haven’t learnt one of Maxwell’s eleven lessons.
Not every minister will ‘fit’ every church. If that’s you, when do you go? Should you go?
There’s one area of teaching that has always scared me. Money. Giving. Ker-ching.
Let me make a prediction: if you read this brief book, and rethink some of your preaching and evangelistic conversations in the light of it, you will do yourself, the gospel cause, and the people you’re speaking to a huge service.
Our local on-trend coffee shop has good publicity, chairs and paintwork. They have the proper kit as well. They like creation too.
It’s time to stop using a preaching style which kills the bible.
The issues at stake in this important book shape the inner life of almost every member of the church. Including you.
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
‘Lay out the phrases in a way that makes sense to you.’ Memorise that.
How one basic act opened up a well-known passage
Every evangelistically active church will find itself working all three angles
Each one had constructed a ring-fenced zone, where sin could roam free but still safely caged. Had none of them watched Jurassic Park?
If you think that saying ‘I don’t know’ means you’re a failure (because you’re paid to know, you ought to know) then you will never learn anything.
Did I just stick Jesus onto a Christ-less sermon, to make myself feel better? Or did I actually preach Christ?