I don’t typically think of tension as a good thing. The stress of life, throbbing headaches, tight shoulders, difficult meetings, and arguments at home are not my favorite experiences. However, I was recently reminded again that tension is quite important as we teach our people the Bible.
One of the bedrock families in our congregation just lost their matriarch. I’m thinking about ways that I could have been, and hope to be, more helpful to this family. So with minimal personal editing and the vulnerability of the moment, here are some things for us to remember as we walk with families that break.
Making disciples is hard work. It’s supposed to be. Nudging people forward toward maturity in Christ is a battle of the heart, mind, schedule, and growing list of priorities in the lives of our people. Paul affirms this for us in his letter to the Colossians. "Him we proclaim, warning
One of the first things I do on Monday mornings (or most mornings for that matter) is check my iPhone calendar. A few weeks ago, the glowing brick told me that I had more than twenty meetings on the schedule for the week in question. I suppose that number could
Sunday is coming. Again. This is the joyful and often stressful reality for the music minister. When is the band rehearsing this week? Did I remember to send out those schedules and pieces of music? Who is doing the special music? Are there enough creative elements to support the sermon?