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 ]
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 ]
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. [
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 ]
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/
Consider the following sobering survey results of the personal and professional lives of the clergy: – 90% of pastors work more than 46 hours a week – 80% believed that pastoral ministry affected their families negatively – 33% said that being in ministry was an outright hazard to their family – 75% reported a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry…
There is much conversation in my church right now about whether we are a declining church body and whether or not we will survive this decline. So, purveyors of statistics tell us that we are in for a long slow, steady dip before we hit rock bottom and recover. Not exactly the message you want to hear if you are a believer faithfully caring out the work Christ left the church to do.
“So, Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.” John 12:35 The Christmas season is a common time to feel like you are drifting through life. Maybe you have been there too. [ 711 more words ]
“I am the light that has come into the world. No one who has faith in me will stay in the dark.” John 12:46 Everybody has dark days. You know those times you don’t wish or can’t get out of bed. You’re afraid to face the world. You are scared to face your anxiety, your depression, your anguish, your demons. You don’t feel like it’s worth the effort. [ 736 more words ]