Beth served as the leader of an anti-sex trafficking ministry. She was young, passionate, idealistic and smart. Beth went into brothels to rescue sex slaves. She met with local police and government officials. Her highly competent, high output personality was well suited for her unique role. But Beth did not conform to the "Christian bubble" norms. … Continue reading A "Same Mind" Example
We have all heard the old adage that 20% of the congregation does 80% of the work. Why do we have a shortage of volunteers in our churches? There are many reasons. I think some are lack of time and lack of confidence. Families, jobs, sports, and other charities compete for the time and energy of our members. People are … Continue reading Would You Please Consider…?
Three incidents recently have made me painfully aware of what the Bible means in James 3:1 when it says that Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. The first incident was when I carelessly gave my opinion on a controversial subject. … Continue reading We Who Teach
(John 6:5-9) "When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "It would take more than … Continue reading How Far Will They Go?
"I have started going to another church. I can't worship here anymore." My heart sank. Not again, Lord, why are we losing yet another one? If I am honest, sometimes when I hear those words, I feel like Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, "Go, go, I would not have you back again!" But this … Continue reading Letting Go
As I come off of a busy season and anticipate another one, my heart cries What do I do? Why do I do what I do? Why do I labor and strive? As he always does so faithfully, the Lord answered my questions from four passages in his Word: Colossians 1:28-29, I Timothy 4:6-16, Hebrew 12:1-3 … Continue reading Labor and Strive
After reading Mark 15:25-32, I noted that as Jesus hung on the cross, he was mocked and insulted by just about everyone. First it was those who passed by, then the chief priests and teachers of the law, and finally, those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. I got to pondering why so … Continue reading Disappointment in Leaders