What if churches elected pastors the way parties nominate presidents?
Soren Kierkegaard, the great Danish philosopher, told the story of a prince who wanted to find a young woman suitable to be his queen. One day while visiting in the local village, he glanced out the windows of the carriage and his eyes fell upon a beautiful peasant maiden. During the ensuing days he intentionally arranged to pass by the … Read More
Christmas 1933 was a challenging financial time in the midst of the Great Depression, and it was no different in the city of Canton, Ohio. So it grabbed the attention of many when the local newspaper ran a story reporting that a Mr. B. Virdot was promising to help 75 of the community’s neediest families if they would write a … Read More
Whether you are a Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, the recent events surrounding presidential candidate Herman Cain should be a reminder to all of us that it is not enough to avoid doing bad things; we should work hard to avoid putting ourselves in a situation where we can be plausibly accused of unethical or inappropriate actions. I do … Read More
In his book Strategic Disciple Making, Aubrey Malphurs, speaks about when you know to hire new staff members in the life of the church.
The term “missional” shows up in lots of conversations among church leaders these days. Clearly we are trying to gain a renewed focus on what we are to be and do as the church in the 21st century. In fact, our 2012 National Conference on Preaching will use the theme “Preaching on Mission” as we explore the relationship of preachingto … Read More
There are many definitions of expository preaching which have been offered over the years, but perhaps the most popular one among evangelicals is the definition of Haddon Robinson, from his book Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages: “Expository preaching is the communication of a biblical concept, derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical, and literary … Read More
The other day during the meeting of the A-Team (our student ministerial association at Anderson University), there was a presentation on ministry and marriage by our own administrative assistant Kelli Strickland and her husband, pastor Charles Strickland. As part of their presentation to the students, they shared some sobering statistics about the number of pastoral marriages that end in divorce … Read More
Michael Duduit of Clamp Divinity School provides a humorous post on a potential philanthropic opportunity for great pastors to pass along sermon rejects to those who would be happy to even have the bad ones.