In the fall, some of my colleagues proposed a point-counterpoint theological debate for our blog posts at MinistryU. Since several of my colleagues mined the depths of biblical and historical theology studies during their doctoral work while I simply spaded the surface exploring the practical theology of homiletics, I did not express any interest in getting involved. Think about it, … Read More
Kris Barnett, Associate Professor of Practical Ministries at Clamp Divinity School, speaks on pastor appreciation in the local church.
Jesus was consumed with the Kingdom.
The Dangerous Methodology of Constant Motion
We have a foosball table in the basement of our home. In case the game is unfamiliar to you, let me offer a brief description. A rectangular, wooden box sits on top of a table. The box creates an arena in which lines of plastic players square off to score goals, similar to soccer. The plastic players are attached to … Read More
The Weakness of Words and the Strength of Silence
Apparently, God has confidence in His ability to defend Himself without human clichés.
All Dressed Up With Nothing to Show
Do churches serve the same function as the Plastic Surgery Center? Do churches focus primarily on enhancing external appearances?
A Cup Running Over
Kris Barnett explains how true satisfaction is found in the presence of God and how that is a safeguard against moral failure in ministry.
The Incarnational Example
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
The Maxim of the Mask
The award for longest running and most unwatched mime act must belong to the stewards and stewardesses who pantomime safety directions before each airplane lifts off the tarmac. Few pay attention to the rehearsed routine as these airline attendants display the proper procedure for buckling a safety harness, opening an exit, and inflating the life vest located under the seat. (Am I … Read More