In my work with congregations, besides stewardship programs and evangelism causing a rip in the congregational space and time continuum, talk of vision and vision planning also creates havoc. With stewardship, the issues are guilt and often a struggle with trusting God to provide. In evangelism, we feel inadequate. Believers do not feel equipped to talk about their faith with any level of confidence.
How Our Understanding of Vision Impacts Our Ministry Capacity
That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. (ESV Luke 24:13-15) “Can’t see your nose in front of your face ” [ 910 more words ]
Who Are You Overlooking on Your Emmaus Road Experience?
What to do when you have doubts? 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” John 20:21 Three things: Live in the Shalom of God. Peace. It’s the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word “Shalom.” Words are meaning peace, wholeness. Fullness. Harmony. As resurrection people, we are called and equipped to live life together in the manner we were created.
Well, the mountain-top experience is over. You came and heard a great Jesus-centered, uplifting, hopeful message. You left feeling you could take on whatever ugliness life will throw at you. The music was moving. Inspired. You have never heard the choirs and bands sound more polished. The fellowship was warming, authentic, and heartfelt, it has you thinking, “I really should come back to church. [ 840 more words ]
How Do You Overcome The Post-Easter Blues?
Well, the votes were tallied, and the final gavel sounded; another District convention had come to a close. It was almost a historic day. I came within 20 votes of history, in being the first black district president in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Now you may think by coming this close I must be heartbroken, maybe even a bit bitter. [
Within A Hair of History
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 17 people were murdered and more than 15 injured in a mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. According to The Guardian, “Just seven weeks into 2018, there have been eight shootings at US schools that have resulted in injury or death.” [ 879 more words ]
How Acts of Evil Distort the Image of God
I am composing this post with immense trepidation because people tend to suspect your motivations. Am I writing this to gain popularity? NO! Do I write to advance my career? NO! I write because I love it and it is impacting people’s lives in some amazing ways and it is changing the way people think about ministry. I write to encourage. http://revheadpin.org/2018/02/06/the-loneliest-job-in-america/