The Truth Shall Make You Odd

Hospital Room

Recently, I’ve been reading a book called, The Truth Shall Make You Odd: Speaking with Pastoral Integrity in Awkward Situations, by Frank Honeycutt. There are several strengths to this book–such as writing style, fresh takes on familar texts, etc. However, it was the title of the book that drew me to it. Telling the truth […]

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 92

stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: This Sunday will be the grand reopening of New Vintage Church. By “reopening” I don’t mean we were ever shut down. I mean “reopening” to full capacity based on our worship center being under remodel through the summer. The entire thing (a capital campaign and […]

Do You Enjoy Ministry?

renew your strength

Indulge me for just a moment:

Yesterday was such a great day of ministry I could barely go to sleep. I enjoyed it so much, I found myself saying, “I can’t believe I get to do this!” The praise was powerful, the church was dialed in from the get-go, we had a really powerful time of worship together, and the Gospel was preached. I thoroughly enjoyed ministry yesterday.

However, I found myself thinking of the days in times past where I had barely survived Sunday–and my heart went out to my fellow vineyard workers who had one of the worst weekends of their lives. They preached their last sermon at their church, got word they were no longer needed, or took a beating of biblical proportions. They were gossiped about, they had to talk their spouses and children into even attending, or they preached to a divided or pulseless church.

Let me ask you an important question this morning: Do you enjoy ministry? I don’t mean, “Did you enjoy yesterday?” I mean, in your Gut of Guts, do you really enjoy ministry?