Saturday, October 25, 2014
Chances are your teen is watching porn
How to prevent the extinction of the C of E
5 Lessons from Driscoll
How to get a good nights sleep
7 things you need to stop doing to be more productive
What millennials misunderstand about marriage
When the churches "welcome" to LGBT people hurts
Piper, Keller and Carson share some encouragements
How to get things done: Organisation and Systems
Learning to lead differently as you age
How to save a Diocese and How to save the C of E
Thursday, October 23, 2014
From BiOY today:
'He is one of my great heroes of faith. He was a model of godliness, faith and humility. God used him greatly. When he died in 1982, his executors were unable to trace a single member of his family still living. No one came forward claiming to be even a distant relation.
Yet, The Times obituary about him rightly noted that his influence within the Church of England during the previous fifty years was probably greater than any of his contemporaries. John Stott, who was one of the numerous influential Christian leaders whom he led to faith in Christ, said of him: ‘Those who knew him well and those who worked with him never expect to see his like again; for rarely can anyone have meant so much to so many as this quietly spoken, modest and deeply spiritual man.’
Why was this man, the Reverend E.J.H. Nash – better known as ‘Bash’ – so useful to God? How can we be useful to God? It is no secret, the Bible tells us how.
St Paul writes, ‘In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets – some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing’ (2 Timothy 2:20–21, MSG).
John Stott writes, ‘No higher honour could be imagined than to be an instrument in the hand of Jesus Christ, to be at his disposal for the furtherance of his purposes, to be available whenever wanted for his service.’ Being useful to God starts with dedicating your life to him and re-dedicating it regularly to his service.'
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Five principles of prayer
7 things your church needs from you
Hillsong and Evangelicalism's Future and A Church in Exile
Three reasons Mark Driscoll's resignation changes everything
Advice to young pastors from Keller et al
The Hopeless Marriage via Tim Challies
When a pastor resigns abruptly
5 reasons people aren't volunteering at your church
What if having an extraordinary life isn't the point
How to be refreshing in your local church via Dash House
Becoming an influential leader
Insight into Nigeria's Mega-churches
Friday, October 17, 2014
I was chatting with a friend today and he reminded me of a comment a mutual pal had shared a few years ago about Mark Driscoll.
Our pal said this:
'He's not yet had his Jacob moment'
And so arrives the Jacob moment.
A Jacob moment is the kairos event that humbles you. The event that levels your confidence, your pride and your reputation and sets God in his rightful place. It leaves you a deposit of pain in your hip and forever more you will walk with a limp.
The internet is awash with reflections and I too am quietly reflective.
The ministry of Mars Hills been a blessing and encouragement to me in more ways than words can express. It was never a perfect one and was led by a seemingly very imperfect chap and my experience of it, as for many others, was from afar. I discovered them via their church planting and The Resurgence and A29 networks were the source of much wisdom, books, talks and collected learning as I planned for our venture here. Driscoll's passion for Jesus, his fire to see churches planted, his supreme giftedness in many areas, his longing to see the lost reached (particularly men) and a desire to see marriages strengthened impacted tens of thousands of people across the world. Both the church and A29 planting network he started will now outlive his tenure as founding pastor.
I have no doubt the fall out will be, and has been, devastating for those in his church and those connected and associated personally with and to this ministry and its tribe. Unaddressed and unacknowledged brokenness so often does that to others. It is timely for all of us who pastor churches, however large or small, to search for the inevitable planks in our own eyes (and leadership). Of all our flaws, and in my case there are many, it is our unfettered and dealt with pride we must be most ruthless with.
Here are some posts offering further reflection and reading:
The Mars Hill Postmortem
Seven better ways to respond to Mark Driscoll's Resignation
A tale of two Mars Hills
Unhealthy Christian Organisations
The True nature of Elder Authority
Pharisectomy, Peter Haas, Page 21
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
'Martin Luther King said, ‘On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question, “Is it right?”
‘The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of convenience, but where they stand in moments of challenge, moments of great crisis and controversy.’
Doing what is right in difficult situations in the workplace is a huge challenge. In his book, God at Work, Ken Costa writes, ‘There are right and wrong choices … all the invented terms such as “inappropriate” and “counterproductive” are efforts to avoid the simple ethical fact that there is a right and wrong course of action.’
When facing a difficult pastoral situation those of us in the leadership of the church need to remind ourselves that the first question we have to ask is, ‘What is the right thing to do?’ And only then move to the second question, ‘What is the most pastoral way to do it?’
Of course, none of us get it right all the time. We all make mistakes. As Ken Costa writes, ‘We only grow in wisdom if we learn from our mistakes. Siegmund Warburg [Ken’s first boss] said on this subject: “Some name it disappointment and become poorer, others name it experience and become richer.” ’
In today’s New Testament passage, Paul writes to the Thessalonians, ‘Never tire of doing what is right’ (2 Thessalonians 3:13). Jesus did not go for the easy or popular solution, but he always did the right thing. This is an important principle that runs throughout the entire Bible.'
From my BiOY notes today. As it happen Ken is coming to speak to the 350 today.