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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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No one ever said the life of a pastor was boring.A month ago, I was preaching at College Church in Wheaton, IL. They gave me 30 minutes to speak and I always try to finish on time, as a means of serving my hosts well.I usually preach longer than 30 minutes, so I took my iPhone, set the countdown timer for 30 minutes, so I could be in the prayer by the time it hit 30.And that’s what I did. At 29:50, I started praying to close.The only problem is that the iPhone countdown timer has a very loud alarm when it hits zero. So, when I was just 10 seconds into my prayer, it went off. College Church is too dignified for me to stop, so—while still praying—I reached over and turned off my phone. I kept praying until I was finished and hoped no one looked up and thought it was someone else’s phone.Thankfully though, I’m not the only one to have something distract me like that from the pulpit. I took to Twitter to ask some pastors and bible teachers what sorts of distractions they’ve experienced while preaching or teaching and received an overwhelming number of responses. I’ve narrowed the list down to the top 20 stories and list the first 10 here in no particular order.Believe me, after you read these, you’ll know it was impossible to pick just a few standouts.1 – A 5-year-old sitting in the congregation was playing with an iPad during the sermon. Somehow, my voice triggered SIRI and she responded aloud saying, “I do not understand what you are saying.”2 – One time, I tried to preach while sick with a stomach bug. The sound guy fell asleep and I walked off the stage, passed out, and puked into a live mic. When I woke up, the personnel chair and the deacon chair were scrubbing the floor around me.3 – My young ...Continue reading...
A close look at the deadly church shooting, “Emmanuel” reveals ruthless sin, scandalous mercy, and divides that persist.“Only five of us were left after the massacre,” said Polly Sheppard.In 2015, Sheppard was in the prayer circle at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church when a 21-year-old white supremacist started shooting. The nation’s deadliest racially motivated mass shooting at a place of worship took the lives of nine Christians she had worshiped alongside with for years: senior pastor Clementa Pinckney and congregants Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and her best friend Myra Thompson.Four years to the day of the massacre, Emanuel, a documentary recounting their story, will open in over 1,000 theaters nationwide on Monday. Members of all nine victims’ families participated in interviews, along with survivors such as Sheppard, local reporters, the Charleston mayor, and the Charleston police chief. The film examines societal effects of racism—for this particular historic church and in the American South at large—before transitioning to the massacre and the victims’ loved ones’ subsequent acts of forgiveness.“This film is not just about racism—it’s about grace,” said director Brian Ivie, who worked on Emanuel for three years. “It’s a story of a group of people who decided they were going to bear the full weight of the wrong and still wish good upon the wrongdoer. That is the highest form of love possible, a love that Jesus Christ perfected.”Emanuel opens at a time when stories of people of color drifting away from evangelical churches due to increasing politicization of the gospel have made national news.“It’s a hard movie to watch, ...Continue reading...
If you will learn to spend one hour a day with God, there is no telling what God may choose to do with you.One of the most defining moments in my life occurred late one evening in a restaurant. I was having dinner with my friend and his father, a pastor whom I admired deeply.As I listened to this man share his wisdom with us, I was even more encouraged to go deeper with God. Before we left the restaurant, I was eager to ask him how to be a godly minister, so I asked him something like, “Sir, if there is one thing we need to know as young preachers, what is it?”His penetrating eyes looked into mine, and he said, “Ronnie, if you will learn to spend one hour a day with God, there is no telling what God may choose to do with you.”I didn’t have any better sense than to take him at his word. Since that day in 1975, I have honored his challenge to me — and it has changed my life.What is prayer, you may be asking?Prayer is a relationship, a fellowship that occurs between you and God. Prayer is the vehicle that takes you into the privilege of experiencing fellowship with God.How do you talk to God in a genuine and transparent way? While everybody may have their own way of communicating with God, here are four principles that have helped me in my prayer life and can help you as well.1 – ConfessionAs I write this, the topic of confession has been getting a lot of media attention. Last year, the #MeToo movement exposed many individuals who had engaged in abusive behavior toward others. The movement was so successful that many of those involved put out statements of confession for past instances of abhorrent behavior against others.While this movement received much attention and confession for wrongs toward others, as it should have, it is even more important that we understand the need for confession ...Continue reading...
You don't exist to help professional ministry leaders fulfill the Great Commission. We exist to help you do it.Leer en español | Ler em portuguêsBut will they listen?”I sat across the table from a friend, Bill Pollard, who had a hopeful but slightly doubtful look on his face. I had just shared with him the Lausanne Movement’s vision to convene more than 700 Christian workplace leaders from more than 100 nations.Bill loved the vision: to mobilize Christians in the workplace as God’s instruments to bring kingdom impact in every sphere of society. However, he wondered whether some church leaders would have questions about the effectiveness of this type of ministry through so-called “lay” leaders.His questioning reflects a long history of Christian ministry being viewed as the restricted responsibility of “professionals” such as pastors and missionaries. People like Bill have challenged that notion, showing instead that the mantle of ministry belongs on the shoulders of every Christian.Bill served as CEO of ServiceMaster, which, during his leadership, was recognized by Fortune magazine as the No. 1 service company among the Fortune 500 and was noted by the Financial Times as one of the most respected companies in the world. For Bill, work at ServiceMaster was about service to the Master. As he would often say, “No company has eternal value. Only the Church does. Only people do.” Bill shared with me stories of people as far as Tokyo, Japan, whose lives were impacted by the gospel love he and others in his company shared.We need more people like Bill, and for that to happen, there needs to be a change in the way we view ministry and work—a return to the way it was meant to be. From my vantage point as a full-time ministry leader within a global evangelical movement, ...Continue reading...
Ustedes no existen para ayudar a los líderes de ministerios profesionales a cumplir la Gran Comisión. Nosotros existimos para ayudarlos a ustedes a hacerlo.Read in English | Ler em portuguêsPero escucharán?”Estaba sentado mesa por medio con un amigo, Bill Pollard, cuyo rostro tenía una expresión de esperanza y cierta duda. Acababa de compartirle la visión del Movimiento de Lausana de convocar a más de 700 líderes cristianos de más de 100 países que pertenecen al ámbito laboral.A Bill le encantó la visión: movilizar a cristianos del ámbito laboral como instrumentos de Dios para llevar el impacto del reino a todas las esferas de la sociedad. Sin embargo, se preguntó si algunos líderes de iglesia tendrían dudas acerca de la efectividad de este tipo de ministerio a través de los denominados líderes “laicos”.Sus dudas son el reflejo de una larga historia de considerar al ministerio cristiano como la responsabilidad exclusiva de “profesionales”, como pastores y misioneros. Las personas como Bill han resistido esa noción, mostrando en cambio que el manto del ministerio pertenece a los hombros de cada cristiano.Bill fue CEO de ServiceMaster que, durante su dirección, fue reconocida por la revista Fortune como la compañía de servicios número uno entre las empresas Fortune 500 y por el Financial Times como una de las compañías más respetadas del mundo. Para Bill, el trabajo en ServiceMaster se trataba del servicio al Maestro. Como decía a menudo: “Ninguna compañía tiene valor eterno. Solo la iglesia lo tiene. Solo las personas lo tienen”. Bill me contó historias de personas de lugares tan lejanos como Tokio, Japón, cuyas vidas fueron ...Continue reading...
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