Just some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing…
Is Donald Trump Right About Closing the Border to Muslims?
“Donald Trump…suggests that the United States should close the border to all Muslims—including Muslim-Americans traveling abroad. Anyone who cares an iota about religious liberty should denounce this reckless, demagogic rhetoric…
Make no mistake. A government that can shut down mosques simply because they are mosques can shut down Bible studies because they are Bible studies. A government that can close the borders to all Muslims simply on the basis of their religious belief can do the same thing for evangelical Christians. A government that issues ID badges for Muslims simply because they are Muslims can, in the fullness of time, demand the same for Christians because we are Christians.”
The Difference Between An Artist And A Worship Leader
“That’s the difference between an artist building a fanbase and a worship leader serving a community. It’s a different skill set. It’s a different goal.
An artist grows a fanbase. A worship leader grows worshipers.
An artist obsesses over their art. A worship leaders obsesses over the Kingdom.
An artist sings songs. A worship leader groans with desperation for Jesus.
An artist performs. A worship leader invites.”
What True Love Does-Christa Threlfall
“Sometimes it’s easiest to serve those far from us. Sometimes we can be so concerned about another’s problem while neglecting the problems God has put right under our noses. Sometimes it’s more fulfilling to make a meal for someone else than to bless your husband with a sweet note. To speak a kind word to a stranger rather than breathing life into our children. To advocate for those in another part of the world while ignoring the hurting surrounding us. In our country, state, city, home.
It’s not that you should only serve those who are in your home and then stop. But you should start there.”
Having spent 35 years in ministry I can tell you that there are a LOT of misconceptions about pastors. I always sort of took pride in the times that people were surprised to find out that I was minister because I didn’t fit into many of those stereotypes. I suppose it’s for those reasons that I appreciated this article…
10 Random Things to Know about Pastors
“Here are 10 random things to know about pastors. These are true for me, but I suspect they may be for your pastor too.”