Archive for July, 2013

Origin and Thanks

Posted: July 20, 2013 in Faith

And David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! (1 Samuel 25:32 ESV)

It’s interesting that when David thanks Abigail for coming and preventing him from doing something foolish that he begins by thanking God for sending her. Every good gift comes from God, even good advice. I don’t think I consciously recognize that as much as I ought and I know I don’t thank God as much as I ought.

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The Freedom of Bi-Vocationalism

Posted: July 16, 2013 in Church

I don’t post much during times of transition because I don’t want to speak out of turn or spill the beans prematurely.  I’ll say this for now: I have been contemplating a bi-vocational pastorate position. Most of my ministry life has been bi-vocational. My last church ministry position was full time. I was unprepared for the stresses which would be related to my family’s financial survival being tied to a church body and the purse string holders. What began as a dream (my livelihood and ministry being one and the same) became a nightmare (for many reasons beside the financial). It almost caused me to abandon church altogether. God has been good and gracious, sustaining me through it all, constantly drawing me back, and never letting me go.

These few months away from church leadership have caused me to reevaluate ministry as employment.  Out of the blue I was approached by a struggling church in need of a bi-vocational pastor. Despite the struggles inherent in such a position, I’ve felt increasingly drawn to this group of people.  I don’t for a moment think I can “fix” them. I do feel called to help them refocus on the Gospel of Christ in every aspect of their lives. I see the lessons I have learned over my struggles being applicable to their situation. I’ve come to realize there’s a freedom in having my paycheck coming from outside the church.

These thoughts aren’t finished, but that’s all I’ll publicly share for now.

The other day my five-year-old son got into the candy basket which is on top of the fridge. His eighteen-month-old sister saw him. To silence her, he bribed her with a lolly pop. She happily took it and went upstairs to suck on it in silence. Until, that is, she her diaper started to leak whereupon she called for help and the jig was up.

How can anyone observe children and not believe in Total Depravity?

Evasive Maneuvers

Posted: July 2, 2013 in Film/TV

I spent about two minutes browsing Facebook then thought to myself, “What the hell am I doing? I could be watching Inspector Morse.”