Why Should I Stay a Christian?

Stay or Go?

Occasionally, I take a look at the web searches that led people to this blog. I just find it interesting. One recent search I can’t get out of my head: “Why Should I Stay a Christian?” What a question! That got me thinking of how I might respond to that question. It strikes me that […]

Should Pastors be Smart?

How important is intellect to ministry? Intellect is different than education, though education can increase intellect. Intellect is different than judgment or wisdom—though it can sharpen judgment and augment wisdom. “Intellect” as I’m using it is simply, “capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.” My first impulse is to say something like, “It would be nice, but it’s not […]

Do You Wish God Had “Gifted” You Differently?

Over the last couple of days I have started church planter assessment and preparation for further training with Kairos Church Planting Support. Part of the preparation is taking assessments of everything from personality to marital health to readiness to plant a church–and of course, spiritual gifts. According to the spiritual gifts inventory, my primary spiritual gifts […]