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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
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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As digital reading habits rewire our brains, how will we process the Bible differently?Christianity is a religion of the Word. Christians are a “People of the Book.” These distinctives have defined the Christian faith from the beginning, even before the age of print that brought us books. As we enter what many are calling a post-literate age, pastors can help remind people that the essence of the Christian faith centers on the Word (and words).From the carving of the Ten Commandments to the writing of the Torah to the copying and distribution of letters in the early church, God’s plan was for his people to read. However, as the way we read in this digital age changes, so too the character of the church will change. How will those reading habits affect the way we interact with the Bible? How will the way people read the Bible alter the church body?A Unique Relationship with WordsLong before the printing press and widespread literacy, God was cultivating a relationship with his chosen people focused on the written word. The words God carved into stone at Mount Sinai included a caution against images, setting up a peculiar word-based relationship with his followers that contrasted starkly with the image-worshiping pagan nations surrounding the Israelites (an observation made by Neil Postman in Amusing Ourselves to Death).This trend continues through church history, according to David Lyle Jeffrey in People of the Book. Medieval paintings frequently depict Mary, other biblical figures, and church fathers holding the Bible. Such images, even—or especially—when anachronistic (bound books did not exist when Mary bore Christ), symbolize the centrality of reading to Christian faithfulness and point out the concrete, tangible nature of the Word. In many of these paintings, the subject is ...Continue reading...
Link: http://www.dennyburk.com/apostasy-and-pastoral-preparation-for-the-coming-confli...Format: Web PageTopic(s): ApostasyAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): Denny Burk
Link: http://www.doctrineanddevotion.com/blog/coachingFormat: Web PageTopic(s): Pastoral MinistryAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): Joe Thorn
Let's help today's small churches be as great as yesterday's small churches.Why do I love small churches?Because I love the church.It’s really hard to love the church and not have a warm spot for smaller congregations. They are, after all, the most common representation of the gathered body of Christ.Also, I love small churches because I’m a student of history. When you take even a fleeting walk through church history, two things become very clear about church size.A Lot Of SmallFirst, most churches throughout history have been small. Really small. But it didn’t stop them from being effective.From the New Testament house churches, to most of the congregations that campaigned to abolish slavery, to those who still lead people to faith in Christ today, churches of 50, 20, 10 and fewer have always played an essential role in changing the world for Christ and his kingdom.Second, it’s hard to find anything written about church size prior to the late 20th century. It simply wasn’t an issue.Aside from the era of building the grand European cathedrals, which arguably had more to do with power and politics than faith, virtually no one in church history equated bigger with better until the last 50 years or so.Great Small ChurchesFor most of the last 2,000 years, almost all of the world’s most influential churches have been small by today’s church growth standards.So, if you love the church, you have to love small churches. If you pastor a small church, you don’t have to worry about your church’s size hindering you from being a valued part of the kingdom of God.And if you’re teaching church growth, don’t push for bigger. Celebrate health. Help today’s small churches be as great as yesterday’s small churches were.Healthy knows no ...Continue reading...
It's great to have online influence, but not at the cost of our family or the congregation we've been called to lead and guide with love.Last week, I came across a wonderful Twitter thread. I asked the writer, Matt Henslee, if he would edit it into a blog post that I could use here. He had just done so for his own website, but he also gave me permission to pass it along to you. (Karl Vaters)The Distracted PastorThere was a season when I got into the office at 7am, Rebecca would bring dinner around 6pm, and I’d go home around 10, Monday thru Saturday.I was having to fill every role in the church during a pastor’s illness, but I not only neglected my first love, Jesus, I also neglected my wife.But it was “‘for the church"So I tried to excuse it by thinking it was “for the church.”It was a breath of fresh air to move on and solely focus on my marriage and student ministry for a time. We went to counseling, I was mentored, and God worked mightily in every area of life.But it was “for my family”Many years later, I found myself back in Dallas / Fort Worth and working a full-time job at a non-profit for adults with special needs, a part-time job selling shoes, and serving part-time at a church plant as a worship leader.It didn’t take long for me to notice some of the hours racking up near what they were many years prior. "But it was for my family,” so I tried to excuse it because I was the provider.While I’d learned so much from the previous season, I was intent on not making the same mistake and neglecting my wife, so we grew far more creative (and with odd hours) to make dates nights happen. Nevertheless, it was still a breath of fresh air to no longer have three jobs and return to full-time ministry.Fast forward to today; wife, four kids, and pastoring a church in the middle of nowhere, ...Continue reading...
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