In past blogs I offered some reflections on the idea of Ministry success. More recently I’ve been doing some reflections particularly on 1 Cor 3:8. If God alone is the one who gives the numbers and makes people respond what then is there for me to do? If God is the one who decides, in […]Read More Rethinking the idea of success in ministry
Pornography is a billion dollar industry that is the scourge of society, destroying the lives of countless people along the way. Tragically and sadly, the Christian community is not immune to its reach. I’ve known and have seen key leaders fall from grace because of this and other sexually inappropriate behaviour. Not surprisingly there is […]Read More Dealing with Pornography – the missing link
It is a generally accepted assumption that once you have a theological degree you are fully qualified for full time ministry. In many ways I can understand why this is the case. In our Reformed Evangelical conviction our priority is the ministry of the Word and prayer. This is why we spend so much time […]Read More Why seminary study is important but not sufficient to prepare people for pastoral ministry.
I remember speaking to a young pastor who recently started at a new church. He had just been there for 6 months and was excited about the possibilities before him. He had ideas of what he wanted the church to be like. 2yrs later I caught up with him again and he was frustrated. He […]Read More Changing a church can often be like watching paint dry and that’s ok.
I didn’t realise what a dangerous place MacDonalds could be. I remember one fateful night when I was stuck trying to write a sermon. I was in my study and I had hit a mental brick wall. I decided I needed a change of scenery so I told my wife I was going out to […]Read More Women please watch what you wear?
Everyone who goes into pastoral ministry intends to stay in the one church for the long haul. Tragically many never seem to last more than a few years. The difficulties of ministry eventually takes its toll. So how does a person hang in there for the long haul? The key thing is to have the […]Read More Pushing through the Ministry Fatigue
Why are my non Christian friends better than my Christian friends? I’ve heard this echoed a number of times over the years but it really hit me when one of our former members did an about face on the faith. He was one of our youth leaders. He was a great Christian man. He was […]Read More Why are my non Christians so much better than my Christian friends?