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.
In a previous post, I announced my new position as youth pastor for a new church body. I am excited and eager to get to work building relationships and sharing the gospel with the youth of both the church and the community at large. This will definitely be a challenge for both Natalie and I as we gain the trust of the youth and their parents, and seek to disciple them in the boundless truth of God’s grace.
There’s something ominous about the idea of change. Even though the change taking place might be good, very good even, the uncertainty of the future is always a little daunting. Any transition or life-change has a way of upsetting your comfortableness with the way things are to prepare you for something new. And this newness is the source of both fear and hope. Fear of the unknown and hope in the One who’s already there.
Welcome to another edition of “Links I Like,” a weekly roundup of news, stories, and links that have impacted me throughout the past week.
One of the most common misconceptions about a minister is the idea that they’re somehow different than you are. For some reason, there’s an inbred notion that a pastor or church leader has somehow tapped into a secret level of spirituality that the layperson can’t. They’re more spiritual and more religion and more faithful than […]