Dom Cobb explains that “an idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.” So opens Christopher Nolan’s 2010 tour de force Inception. Those who know me well know that Inception is and remains my favorite film of all time.
There’s a quote I read recently and I can’t get it out of my mind. So, I hope to get it stuck in yours too. It comes from Zack Eswine’s superb book, The Imperfect Pastor. And it’s not so much an inspiring or earth-shattering sentence that’s easily tweetable. Rather, it’s a short series of soul-pricking questions…
Perhaps the most glossed over ministry of any church remains the children’s ministry. Yes, there’s often a focus on engaging young kids with the Bible and teaching them to memorize Scripture, but the emphasis of this engagement isn’t always as saturated with the gospel as other age groups are.
Welcome to another collection of links that have impacted me this past week. I hope you’ll find them as beneficial as I did.
Upon moving to south Florida in the spring of 2013, I wasn’t really looking to get involved in pastoral ministry right away. I had just graduated from Bible college with a Youth Ministries degree, but because of the transition between states, my only goals at the time were to find a job, find a house, and get settled with my wife in our new town. This was a big shift for me.
One of the apostle Paul’s seminal counsels to his protege Timothy was to let no one despise him for his youth (1 Tim. 4:12). By infusing and instructing him in the “sound doctrine” of God’s gospel, over and over again, Paul was bolstering Timothy in the truth that would enable him to be “an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
It’s been nearly a month since my last real column. I took that break for a few reasons, chiefly among them to recharge and refocus myself after the torrent of the weeks before. And wouldn’t you know it, that when you ask God to help you slow down, He obliges? If I had known that asking the Lord to help me slow my pace that He was going to permit me to tear my ACL, I probably wouldn’t have asked it that way.
Perhaps the harshest word we ever hear growing up is also one of the shortest: “No.” “No” is a small word that packs an enormous amount of power. It has the ability to both prevent and protect. Children, however, almost singularly see the prevention side of this command, seeing “no” as only a barrier hemming them in. In reality, though, telling them no is more like a gateway to better living.
Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted facets of ministry is the “call of God.” Some make too much and others too little of the reality that God calls specific people at specific times to speak specific things to a specific group of people.
An announcement regarding my show, “Ministry Minded,” which is getting a new schedule in light of recent developments in my own ministry endeavors.