The Danger of Faking Pastoral Ministry

A sobering quote from Eugene Peterson's Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity: I don't know of any other profession in which it is quite easy to fake it as in ours. By adopting a reverential demeanor, cultivating a stained-glass  voice, slipping occasional words like "eschatology" into conversation and heilsgeschichte into our discourse—not often enough actually … Continue reading The Danger of Faking Pastoral Ministry

Faithfulness for Future Ministers

What is it that defines success in pastoral ministry? While some would point to membership growth or baptism numbers, many would rightly point to one trait as the sole indicator of success: biblical fidelity—faithfulness to the Word of God in one's life and ministry. Fundamentally, pastors are called to a life of faithfulness to the … Continue reading Faithfulness for Future Ministers

Recovering the Fundamental Convictions of Cultural Engagement

In 1947, Carl F. H. Henry published The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism. In it, Henry calls evangelicals to a faith that engages the broader culture, one that proclaims and exemplifies the implications of the gospel for the day's pressing issues. The book arose as a result of Henry's concern over a growing trend for professing … Continue reading Recovering the Fundamental Convictions of Cultural Engagement

Is It Right to Judge Others?

"Judge not, lest you be judged." Few Bible verses are quoted more than those six words. You can imagine the situation: Two young ladies—we'll call them Jen and Joan—are sitting there discussing life, and the topic turns to sexual sin. Joan, it turns out, is sleeping with her boyfriend. Jen proceeds to tell Joan that … Continue reading Is It Right to Judge Others?

The Decline of the SBC

Earlier this week, the SBC released their Annual Church Profile, which gives a summary of the convention's membership totals. The alarm bells are sounding across the convention because membership has declined for the seventh straight year. While this number is getting the bulk of the attention, I believe a different category sheds light on the … Continue reading The Decline of the SBC

A Culture of Grace

Here's a beautiful description from Jared Wilson's book The Pastor's Justification on what a church with a culture of grace looks like: I remind myself and my church often that a message of grace may attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them. They want to know—we want to know, the Lord wants … Continue reading A Culture of Grace