6 Ways to Make Your Ministry Last for Long Haul

Going into ministry used to be considered a life-long calling, but we see increasing numbers of people leaving the ministry well before retirement. Recent seminary graduates will leave the ministry within five years after graduation, on average. There are many reasons...

Razor Wire Isn’t Needed to Protect Christianity

Razor wire is now stretched along a 110-mile Hungarian border. The razor wire protects the Christian culture of Hungary from the Muslims, according to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Jesus is the Christ from whom the word “Christian” is derived. I doubt that...

How Your Beliefs Shape Your Relationships

Mark 7:24-37 where Jesus is challenged by the Syrophoenician woman to provide healing is among the more challenging texts for congregations and preachers. Deeply troubling for centuries of interpreters is Jesus’ negative initial response. The woman’s...

Why Many in Church Must Shed Prejudice of Immigrants

Early followers of Jesus quickly discovered the Spirit was leading them beyond their religious, ethnic, social, economic and political limits to reach strangers with the gospel. They grasped that faithful participation in God’s mission demands self-denial,...

Churches Need Realistic Expectations for Pastor

An advertisement from a church looking for a new pastor caught my attention. It read: “Wanted: Pastor for small church. Must excel in preaching, teaching, pastoral care, administration, leadership, vision setting, missions, ministry, church growth. Also, 10...