Category Archives: Calling

After 33 years as a pastor…

After 33 years as a pastor (32 in the same church), I know by experience that the life of a pastor is a continual reminder that God put His “treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power … Continue reading

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Servant-leadership…but….

Jesus set the example of servant-leadership but be careful not to misunderstand what He intended. Continue reading

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Discontentment can sneak up on you

Diminished hope easily leads to a deflated spirit of resignation that gradually becomes justified pessimism or even dark cynicism. Here’s a timely call to extravagant gratitude. Continue reading

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Why I love the Church

Is it possible to love the Lord without loving the Church? Continue reading

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Finding your calling

Is it possible that we merge our sense of identity, meaning and significance with our pursuit of calling in ways that are out of reach for most people? Is it also possible that we pursue these things in ways that conflict with kingdom values? Continue reading

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Answering God’s call beyond the walls of the Church

leaders in the Church “need to help our people see that their calling is much bigger than how much time they put into church matters.” Continue reading

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Common grace and common good

We are called to be agents of common grace who are committed to the welfare of the city of our exile. Continue reading

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