Six Characteristics of Spiritual Leadership
Pastor John from 1981:
There are six things in the word of Joab that I think should characterize every effort at team ministry in the church.
First of all, humility. "If the Syrians are too strong for me,…
There’s Staggering Glory in Your Story
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).
The story behind your existence is wilder than any story…Continue Reading
How to See God's Hand in Your Suffering
John Flavel, in 1678, instructs readers to see God as the author of all circumstances in life, including suffering:
Set before you the sovereignty of God. Eye Him as the Being infinitely superior to you, at whose pleasure you and all…
The Nightmare of Communism in North Korea
For those of you too young to remember building bomb shelters in the ’50s, and for whom the horrors of Stalin’s Gulags and the “iron curtain” have little impact, I would encourage you to look today at what Communism has…Continue Reading
Pastors, What Kind of Legacy Do You Hope to Leave?
There are several aspects to biblical preaching and each preacher is more inclined to one than another. As you continue to learn and be balanced by the strengths of other pastors, what is the heart of your preaching ministry that…Continue Reading
Between a Rabbi and Two Imams
It was a wonderful opportunity. I was asked to participate in an open discussion about death and dying from a patient’s perspective. The event was held at a local medical college. It was the first ministry situation I had ever…Continue Reading
Living for the Joy of All Peoples — Wherever You Live
One important question that I've been asked is why I — with a passion for the unreached and unengaged peoples of the earth — serve as a pastor in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the most churched cities in America. It's…Continue Reading
Our Weakness and God's Strength: Disability Ministry in the Local Church
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:25).
If you have or are considering a disability ministry at your church, Paul’s exhortation to remember God’s infinite capacities…Continue Reading