Blog Posts by R W Glenn
How Jack Miller Saved My Life
If you’re truly a Christian, God has no reservations about you whatsoever. None. Whatsoever.
This is a truth I learned — or rather, began to learn — from Jack Miller.
It happened in the fall of 2010, during my first sabbatical after 15 years in the pastorate. The wheels had really begun to come off my life and ministry. I had worked eighty-hour weeks for more than a decade. And the cumulative impact of such a schedule had finally begun…Continue Reading
The Good News in Jesus’s Beatitudes
The New Testament is full of commands for us to obey. Full of them. The Sermon on the Mount is no exception. Something like sixty-six commands sound from Jesus’s mouth as he calls us as his people to live a life in step with the gospel.
The Beatitudes, Jesus’s introduction to the Sermon on the Mount, are a different story. There you’ll not find a single imperative. Not one.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom…
Sanctified By Doing Your Job
It is all too common for Christians to think that service to God is something that takes place either in the context of the local church — teaching Sunday school, shoveling the church sidewalks, leading a small group — or something that brings explicitly Christian teaching into the world by using your job as a platform for sharing your faith with your friends and colleagues who aren’t yet Christians.
But it's here where the gospel rescues us. Check out this word…Continue Reading
Christianity: More Like a Day Off?
Last fall, I took my first sabbatical in 15 years of ministry. Initially, I had no idea what to do. So I called a pastor friend and asked how I could be productive during the time off.
Ironic. A productive sabbatical! Obviously, if I was trying to make rest productive, I had a very practical problem with the whole idea of sabbatical.
I had spent my entire pastorate working six-day, eighty-hour weeks. I had no category for rest. . .…Continue Reading