Category Archives: Leadership

The Progressive Churches of Christ: Community Disciplines

So if it’s important that we think in terms of story and community and formation into the image of Christ, then the scriptures likely provide us with community spiritual disciplines that help this happen. And, indeed, it’s true. For example, … Continue reading

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On the Spirit’s Ordination of Elders

 I have a new article up at Wineskins: On the Spirit’s Ordination of Elders.

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Thom Rainer: Warning Signs of Ministerial Affairs

The experts say that something like 30% of Christian pastors and ministers will, at some point in their careers, succumb to sexual temptation. It’s a shocking figure, but I think it’s about right. I have many friends in the ministry … Continue reading

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Mark Love on Cynicism and Ministry Training

Marvelous post by Mark Love: “Learning Without Cynicism” — We also try to take an appreciative stance in relation to the congregation. We do this in two or three deliberate ways. Part of it is built into our notion of … Continue reading

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The Proper Posture for Worship, in Seven Moods, Part 4

Mood, the Sixth  So what is the correct posture to listen to someone speak about Jesus? What is the correct posture for congregational singing? What is the right posture for eating a meal with Christian brothers and sisters? Perhaps we … Continue reading

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The Proper Posture for Worship, in Seven Moods, Part 3

Mood, the Fourth The normal posture of worship in the ancient Near East was prostration — as we can see in such passages as — (Gen 19:1 ESV) The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was … Continue reading

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The Proper Posture for Worship, in Seven Moods, Part 2

Mood, the Second Let’s start over. Rule 1: All football metaphors for worship are bad. I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Football is our culture. It’s not part of our culture; it is our culture. And no football  season … Continue reading

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The Proper Posture for Worship, in Seven Moods, Part 1

I get emails – It is my belief that worship is more of a lifestyle than an event. That being said, have you ever written anything regarding body language/posture as we worship? I’m thinking of the broad spectrum of what I consider … Continue reading

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Mark Love: Stupid Ministry Tricks, Part 2

We’re continuing to consider some posts from Mark Love’s blog Dei-liberations. After Mark posted the article that we considered yesterday, he received some criticism of his statement that a sermon series is not an effective way to bring about change … Continue reading

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Mark Love: Stupid Ministry Tricks, Part 1

I’m quickly becoming a big fan of Mark Love’s blog Dei-liberations. For those who don’t know Mark, he is Director of the Resource Center for Missional Leadership at Rochester College. His work there includes directing a Master’s degree in missional leadership, working with existing … Continue reading

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