Category Archives: The Christian Minister/Ministry

In Search of Deep Faith

I had the joy of meeting Dr. Jim Belcher some years ago when he pastored Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. I cultivated a growing relationship with Jim, and his family, and spoke several times to his congregation. I … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Books, Church History, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Education, Emergent Church, Faith, Missional Church, Personal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church | 10 Comments/Likes

A Baptist Minister Drawing Lessons from Pope Francis

In late October I visited with Michael and Nancy Ristau, two dear friends who live in Lexington, Kentucky. I met Michael while speaking on a mens’ retreat for several churches in California years ago. Michael and Nancy are like other … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Homiletics/Preaching, Leadership, Personal, Roman Catholicism, Spirituality, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church | 2 Comments/Likes

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama – The Legacy Lives (2)

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church calls itself: “A Bible-Centric Ministry.” The Sunday bulletin proclaims, just under the name of the church, that this is a place “Where Jesus Christ Is the Main Attraction.” Inside the bulletin there is a vision … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Civil Rights, Missional Church, Personal, Race and Racism, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church | 3 Comments/Likes

Leaders Who Focus on People, Not Just Ideas

Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who is best known as the author of 39 books about spirituality. Nouwen studied psychology and theology and has had a profoundly human way of making spirituality come alive for … Continue reading

Posted in Friendship, Leadership, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church | 11 Comments/Likes

The Missional Paradigm and Effective Seminary Education

Last week I wrote several blogs on the state of theological education in North America. I suggested that seminaries need to adjust their mission to the rapidly changing context of the church in twenty-first century America. I further suggested that … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Culture, Discipleship, Kingdom of God, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Pastoral Renewal, Renewal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future | 7 Comments/Likes

A New Kind of Leader in the Irish Methodist Church

Dr. Heather Morris, the first female leader of a major church body in Ireland, was recently installed as the President of the Methodist Church, at a gathering at Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim. Martin O’Brien, editor of The Irish Catholic, writes that … Continue reading

Posted in Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Feminism & Women, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Pastoral Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future, Women in the Church | 18 Comments/Likes

Same-Sex Marriage Redux (1)

Gay marriage is clearly “the great debate” of the hour. People on both sides, and all sides in between, debate the meaning of Scripture’s witness to the covenant of marriage and the role of the state in making civil law. … Continue reading

Posted in Homosexuality, Love, Marriage & Family, Personal, Separation of Church & State, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church | 20 Comments/Likes

Being Accountable?

Today’s blog is written by guest writer Dr. Stephen R. Crosby. Stephen is the president of a ministry called “Sword of the Kingdom.” You can see his various blogs and learn about him at Sword of the Kingdom. I post … Continue reading

Posted in Discipleship, Freedom, Leadership, Personal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church | 17 Comments/Likes

Living as Aliens in a Post-Christendom Culture (2)

If living the Christian life as “aliens” really describes Christian community/church then we can understand why we are a “colony of heaven” in a “strange” land. The biblical portrait of the Christian church is one in which the church “exists … Continue reading

Posted in America and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Emergent Church, Faith, Ideology, Kingdom of God, Lordship of Christ, Love, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Politics, Religion, Renewal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future | 9 Comments/Likes

My Theology is Getting More Complex – My Faith Is Growing More Simple

On Thursday evening I engaged with a long thread of discussion on my Facebook page about a post made by a popular author by the name of Jim Palmer. Jim lives in Nashville and is a former evangelical pastor who … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Creeds, Emergent Church, Postmodernity, Religion, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, Theology | 2 Comments/Likes