One of my comments in this weekend’s message, Interesting Places to Worship, was that we, as God’s people, should stop going to church. We considered the story from Daniel 3 of Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego. You may remember that the three young men were threatened by King Nebuchadnezzar because they did not bow down and worship his over-sized golden statue. There defense was no defense at all. They just weren’t going to worship anyone or anything…..
It can be one of those difficult things about our faith in God. A psalmist declares, “Oh Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” Psalm 5:3 Did you catch it? Most of us understand the need to pray, and that we should pray to God. A lot of us even do it in the morning to get it over with (snark). But it’s…..
We don’t always get knocks on the door during church finance meetings, but when we do I’m quick to answer. I figure I’ll leave all the finance fun to everyone else. Last night was one of those nights. I answered the knock and the woman at the door said she lived behind our church. Last night someone brazenly walked up to their back porch and stole their generator. She and her husband, who stood at the foot…..
I try not to oversimplify complicated situations. It’s typically a disingenuous and lazy thing to do. So, to clarify, this post is a bit of an oversimplification of my perspective on church ministry. But it happens to work for me this time. Forgive my inconsistency. Understand that tweet , and you understand part of what makes this pastor (me) tick. You could easily push back on the simplicity of his tweet–pleasing an entire congregation can…..
Most people who have ever heard me preach can tell that I love to preach. Most people don’t know, however, that I love to teach even more. Yes, the two are related, but preaching is limited in its function. There’s an interaction when you teach that you cannot have when you preach, at least the way our preaching has developed. When most people listen to me preach, that’s what they do, listen. Some people barely…..