How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9–11 (ESV) Pornography is not a new problem. In one way or another, the … Continue reading Pornography is What You Love
I need to read more C.S. Lewis! I recently read through C.S. Lewis’ essay, The Weight of Glory and here are five great quotes from Lewis that struck me as I read: “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on … Continue reading The Weight of Glory
Recently, I wrote a paper entitled, John Chrysostom: A Holistic Vision of the Pastoral Office. In it, I made the argument that the fourth century pastor, John Chrysostom, provides ancient, but timely pastoral wisdom for today’s churches and clergy. According to Chrysostom, the pastoral calling was not about one part of the candidate, but about the whole … Continue reading Ancient, but Timely Wisdom
Pastoral work is never easy, but in my experience it's especially hard when you are first starting out. You're not sure what to spend your work week doing. You haven't been given a clear job description. As a result, you can end up wasting a lot of time and wondering if you're being faithful to … Continue reading Need a Job Description?
How many times have you sat down in a pew and heard the call to worship from the pastor or worship leader? Perhaps your church doesn't have a formal call to worship, but it at least has a welcome. Have you ever taken a moment to think about the weightiness of that moment? In James … Continue reading Summoned to Worship