The Incarnational Example

Kris BarnettDevotions, Kristopher Barnett, TheologyLeave a Comment

I was experiencing topographical whiplash. Twenty-four hours earlier I had watched black and yellow Triggerfish dance along a colorful reef on the Island of Maui. Now, I watched the tumbleweeds dodge sand-stained mesquite trees on the desert plains of West Texas. The whiplash hurt. Our Hawaiian vacation had drawn to a close and the parched West Texas desert provided a … Read More

Meet My Friends, the Puritans

Bryan CribbBryan Cribb, Ministry ToolsLeave a Comment

Middle school was a crisis time for me. Bespeckled with Coke-bottle frames and sporting braces and a bowl-haircut, I was the poster-child for the socially awkward. What I longed for as a shy, self-conscious seventh grader was the proverbial “friend who sticks closer than a brother”—an encourager and advocate, someone who could speak comfort and counsel to my preteen circumstances … Read More

The Pastor’s Best Tool: The Church

Ryan NealMinistry Tools, Ryan Neal1 Comment

What does every pastor need? Surely dozens of answers might be offered. A nice facility? Or, perhaps, a growing community surrounding the church that would provide a field ripe for harvest might head the list. I suppose every pastor might desire an expanding budget to allow for additional staff or upgraded technology. Each of these is legitimate. But I think … Read More

Technology and Worship

Michael DuduitLeadership, Michael Duduit, Technology1 Comment

One of the most significant trends in American church life over the past decade has been the dramatic expansion in the use of technology in the worship experience, particularly in what author Quentin Shultz calls “presentational technologies.” Walk into an American evangelical church facility built in the last 10 to 15 years and you may or may not see a … Read More