Category Archives: Leadership

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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Deacons: A New Definition

A few weeks ago, in a comment, Mike Cope referred me to Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources by John N. Collins. In this book, Collins comprehensively surveys secular and Christian Greek literature to find the correct meaning of the terms diakonia … Continue reading

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