Money…the root of all evil?

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Dylan Pahman is a research fellow at Acton Institute. I’ve provided a link below to a recent article he wrote on the nature and necessity of money. Take a look and see what you think. http://Link: http://www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-26-number-4/why-money-matters Of course, I would welcome feedback from any/all of you who would like to extend this or any other conversation that we’ve begun …

Darkside of Pastoring Faith, Work & Economics

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I’m concerned that so many pastors have joined the leadership cult. I have an (unprovable) sense there’s a lack of deep theological and exegetical skills in order to teach the scripture. (When I’m around pastors they don’t talk about what the Spirit taught them in the text. They talk about business — I mean — I’m game but I’d like to …

Incarnational Leadership for all

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I find myself in this unique place in pastoral ministry. I don’t want to lead. Or better said, I don’t want to overstep my bounds. I’m daunted by the temptation to turn church into more a reflection of my personality than the Kingdom of God. Then I acknowledge to some extent any church can, and almost has to be, a …

Soul Flares: Taking Flight vs. Doing Right

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As will happen in moments of what my wife and I call “intense fellowship” (aka relational tension; aka the marital spat) I found myself face-to-face with the love of my life, her countenance marred by the furrowed brow of someone asking, “Lord, who is this man you blessed me with?  Why is he so incredibly obtuse?” Her eyes flashed with …

How to be a Christian worker?

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The wider framework of our time is to embrace Sabbath at all times. The glorious truth for New Testament believers is that Sabbath is no longer relegated to a physical practice sectioned off into one day, but an eternal reality to be embraced every day. Through Christ we now enter into the eternal rest of a world where all gaps …

Guatemalan Reflections: Thinking Theologically about Economic Realities

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Why a Mission’s Trip This summer Pastor Jennifer and I were asked to visit one of Victory Church’s missionaries — Gabby Munoz at Living Water Teaching in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Our Ministers in Residence, Mark and Stephenie Shanks journey to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala every Christmas for their shoebox ministry and encouraged us to come. If all goes well we’ll start doing annual church wide mission trips. …

Know Thyself

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The famous Greek philosopher Socrates said, “Know yourself.” Followers of Jesus respond with, “Know God and you will discover your true self.” As we grow in our knowledge of God and his ways, we discover our deep needs and amazing potential, our hidden sins and undeveloped gifts. The Discipleship Dynamics Assessment helps us know where we are in a moment …

Purple Mountains Majesty

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I was in Breckenridge, Colorado a few weeks ago. I just couldn’t keep my eyes off the mountains. Peak One, shown in the photo above this blog is the highest of the ten peaks that comprise Tenmile Range. Peak One has the highest ski lift in the U.S., just above 13,000 feet. Each day of the visit my wife, Karen, …

Between Joseph and Judas: What Accounting Taught Me about Calling

The space between secular and sacred Accounting has taught me as much about my calling as seminary has. At 17 I felt the call into ministry on a mission trip to Nicaragua. Eight years later I am living out that call finishing a Master of Divinity at AGTS and preparing to pursue a Ph.D. in biblical theology. As an undergrad …

Two Simple (Profound) Words

“Thank you.” Two words. When spoken to God and the people we encounter, the world changes. “Thank you.” Gratitude. Humility. Healthy dependence on the Lord and interdependence with others. … “Thank you.” Bestowing value and honoring God and others. Let’s learn how to say. “Thank you!” more – to our family members, colleagues, all who serve us and any that …