Unleashing a Feeding Frenzy

Last night, we dropped a bucket of chum in the tank and ran away. Back in December we introduced Inductive Bible Study at our winter retreat. It wasn’t anything fancy– in fact I thought it was a little cerebral for a retreat. (This coming from a guy who did a high school retreat based on…… Continue reading Unleashing a Feeding Frenzy

Titus 1 & 1 Timothy 3: Six Things the Bible doesn’t say

Here are the two most often quoted passages from the New Testament about the qualifications of a pastor. Titus 1:5-9 [Brackets, mine] The reason I [Paul] left you [Titus] in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders [some translations use the word leader] in every town, as…… Continue reading Titus 1 & 1 Timothy 3: Six Things the Bible doesn’t say

The Bible, Made Personal

Perhaps my greatest period of rapid growth in my relationship with Jesus came when I was just 17 years old. Each day I worked verse by verse through the pastoral epistles. I journaled questions like, “What is Paul saying?” “Who was this written to?” and “What is God saying to me through Paul?” One habit…… Continue reading The Bible, Made Personal

Pastors Most Powerful Answer

New pastors quickly learn that ministry life is full of big questions. Questions that make you feel very small and insignificant. Questions that make God feel massively huge and almost out of reach. Questions that are so loaded and full of pain that they prime tears just to get the words out. Questions that have…… Continue reading Pastors Most Powerful Answer

The Bible is Useful

Recently we took a survey of Youth Specialties customers. The results of one particular question completely shocked me. Here it is: When I was looking through the initial survey results I turned around to Tic, and said… “Wanna know why so many youth groups are struggling to keep students for the long haul? There’s the…… Continue reading The Bible is Useful

So, you want to be great?

“I aspire greatness with my life.” When I say that, almost universally people’s head will cock just a little bit to the side. American society, especially American Christian society, is so self-deprecating that you almost never hear a grown man say that. The truth is I am shocked how few people aspire greatness with their…… Continue reading So, you want to be great?

Should pastors be formally educated?

It’s becoming increasingly popular in large churches for pastoral staff positions to be filled with people trained in business skills and not ministry skills. (i.e. They’ve got the title “pastor” and all the perks that go with it, without going to Bible College or Seminary.) Let me know what you think about that trend. Vote…… Continue reading Should pastors be formally educated?