The Power and the Purpose

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Christian Beliefs, Listening Prayer, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

Most pastors I know are busy chasing after better ways to lead a congregation, me included. I’m happy to report that I’ve rediscovered the power and the purpose of christian discipleship. And you probably already know exactly what it is and how it works. The problem is in being intentional about it. More about that later. Having looked at a dozen different ways to be a better leader (and that’s just counting the ones that bore...

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I’m Done “Growing the Church”

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Announcements, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Sermons, Society at Large | 53 comments

Yes, you read that right. I’m done. No more outreach strategies to fill the pews. No more ideas to draw young people. No more switching out the hard stuff for lighter fare in hopes that we will appeal to a larger audience. No more “growing the church.” It seems that every time I sit down to think of ways to lead people to Jesus, I find a new way to “align a program” or “bring focus to an issue” —...

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“Would You Know Him If You Saw Him?”

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large | 1 comment

A couple of days ago, I was at the church when one of our volunteers came by. She was there to pick up a load of toys for the Angel Tree charity we’re supporting this year. With her were six teen-agers, all boys, who were ready to help. As we carried bags out to the trailer, the young man in front of turned around and walked backwards, dragging his bag behind him and in front of me. He looked me square in the eye and asked, “Would...

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