Godly vs. Worldly Grief (pt. 1)

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has […]

Defining Success in Ministry

I will never be: the most popular, considered cool. I may never be: a prolific speaker, a dynamic leader, a published author, considered “successful”. I may never have: a huge church, an impact beyond my local context … and I’m ok with that. WHY? Because I understand (at least in part) the one thing I […]

The 4 “C’s” of Discipleship & Soul Care

If you want to do discipleship well, what does it take? If you are responsible for the care of souls, what are the requirements of that task? What does genuine discipleship and soul care look like? Here is my list of the 4 “C’s” of Discipleship. Courage In order to disciple well, in order to […]

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Amazed with Jesus?

As you read through any of the gospels, (for me it’s been Mark this summer) did you ever notice how people responded to Jesus’ words and works? Mark uses words like “amazed” (1:27, 2:12, 9:15, 10:24, 10:32, 15:5), “astonished” (1:22, 6:2, 6:50, 7:37, 10:26, 11:18), and “marveled” (5:20, 6:6, 12:17). As I kept coming across […]

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Tweets of the Week 7.22.14

Here are the tweets that I had to stop, and let sink in: Timothy Keller @timkellernyc Without a knowledge of our extreme sin, payment of the cross seems trivial and does not electrify or transform. Jen Thorn @jenlthorn Ministers may expect more suffering than others, that they may learn sympathy … , and be fitting shepherds of […]

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Godly vs. Worldly Grief (pt. 3) – What Godly Grief Looks Like

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has […]

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Web Slinging 7.18.14

Here is what I’ve been reading as I’ve swung around the web. YouthMin.org had a great post about spiritual formation. It reads, “… spiritual formation is the Spirit empowered in which the believer’s life is conformed to that of Christ’s … through the grace-empowered submission of his life to God’s will, and in the context […]

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Tweets of the Week 7.15.14

Here are the tweets that I found this past week that I believe are worth reflecting on: Corby Stephens ‏@corbystephens “Convenient” is not in a disciple of Jesus’ vocabulary. Mark Prater @markkprater The joy of participating in gospel mission far outweighs the sacrifice it requires. Ray Ortlund @rayortlund Once in Christ, we can sin our way out of […]

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Gospel vs. Entertainment

We must believe there are kids in whom the Holy Spirit is working, and once they get a real taste of Christ, they will be irreversibly captured for his kingdom. Rather than pander to kids who are looking for a good time – even a churchy good time – we must offer life to kids […]

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Web Slinging 7.10.14

Here are the things I’ve been reading online this week. The Gospel Coalition had a post about Bible promises for parents. It reads, “My kids need Bible promises, but on most days I need them even more. I’m prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I want them to love.” […]

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Godly vs. Worldly Grief (pt. 2) – What Worldly Grief Looks Like

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has […]

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Tweets of the Week 7.8.14

Here is this week’s installment: Brian Howard @howardbriank · 22h No matter how amazing your #church is, people will sometimes #leave. Timothy Keller @timkellernyc No particular form of ministry is more important than my wife. D.A. Horton @da_horton Time is a precious gift that can’t be stored, so share it with others. Starting with God. Darrin Patrick @darrinpatrick The community of […]

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Godly vs. Worldly Grief (pt. 1)

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has […]

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