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.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Church Times 100 Top Christian Books
How to talk to parents of children with Down's syndrome
The Pornified mind and the glory of God and Men and Porn
How busy people make time to read- and you can too
Church plant postmortem (contains a great quote in the comments stream 'Failure is really redirection' Catherine Rohr)
Why your church is probably closer to planting a church than you think
Dream Year and Pharisectomy (which I got given by the author this week- lovely fellow)
10 Questions for those who are pro-abortion (US in context)
9 Vital signs about depression and suicide
Ten quick responses to atheist claims