I’m fortunate to have a couple of places to write (here, the Garner Citizen and the Raleigh Examiner). In doing that, I used to double up every article I wrote both here and then at either of the other two papers. But folks told me they found that confusing. As of late, I have focused on writing at the Raleigh Examiner, so I have not posted here or at the Garner Citizen much. I plan returning to both areas soon, but in the mean time, I would love to point you to some of the articles that I have written lately. I know some folks only make it to the blog. Here are a few that have been enjoyable to write and even more enjoyable to discuss with others. Thanks
Tools for Teaching – a quick summary of tips to use when writing a lesson or sermon.
Church Planter – Rock Star – What do church planters and the terrible movie staring Mark Wahlberg have in common?
Shrinking Faith – Why are people afraid to speak about Jesus?
Three Issues Men Face in Communication – Self explanatory
Church Buildings are Merely Tools – Ruminations as SK moves into her new space.
Keller and Duncan – PCA, Let’s Stay Together – Brief summary of Tim Keller and Ligon Duncan discussing unity in the PCA
Who Encourages the Pastor? – Local ministry wants to help pastors.
Everybody Hurts – Thoughts on mercy
Close at Work but Distant at Home – Who are you close to? Co-workers or family?
Sorry for the lack of updates here lately. My absence has been to a combination of some time away and some retooling of the site. During the transition I’ve been posting over at the Raleigh Examiner.
In the past few weeks, the following articles have appeared there:
Ambition’s Fuel – what drives us to work in the church and the kingdom of God?
To Thine Own Self Be Shoe – an article about exercise and how it fuels the soul
How to Train Your Dragon – a review focusing on the movie’s positive view of folks with prosthesis
Deep Church – a review of the book discussing a third way between traditional and emerging church models
Money, Money, Money – taxes have come and gone so now what?
Marketing the Church – how should a church market itself?
Passion for Service – being sure not to mistake passion for work as passion for Christ
The past two days have kept me from finishing several of the articles that I have been working on, so today, in lieu of a normal post, I’m asking for help. Most articles that are posted here also appear at the Raleigh Examiner. This is a national webzine with local affiliates. I serve as the Evangelical Contributor for the Raleigh Area.
My presence is enhanced by increasing readership, subscriptions, and comments. Since I’m more likely to promote an article on the blog than on the Examiner, my numbers have not really grown. If you get a chance, check out the links below and read some of the articles on the Examiner. Your clicks help, any comments help, and signing up for a free subscription to any articles I write will also be a big help. Thanks.
My second article is up at the Raleigh Examiner. Enjoy…
Worship in service to God is about being stretched more than it is about walking in your strengths.
For example, if you are a guitar player, singer, teacher, or pastor who loves Jesus, then applying those skills in the context of a worship service or a church function is an out flowing of your passion for the savior. I rarely meet a pastor who isn’t ready to speak or a singer who isn’t dying to pick up a mic. These displaying of gifts and strengths to God are pleasing to Him and serve the Body of Christ well.
But within that service, there is a hidden temptation. Since speaking, playing, singing, etc are the skill sets of the servant, playing only to one’s strengths becomes the default. This can happen to such an extent that the servant is no longer making a sacrifice or growing as a worshiper. They are just doing what they are good at.
To grow in worship and service, every person, whether worshiping on the stage or worshiping in their seat, must be stretched. New acts and steps of faith are needed to keep passion and reliance on God healthy and growing. More than likely that means doing something that is neither a strength nor a talent. Then, once you are no longer playing to your strengths, but relying on God, you grow in faith, worship, and service.
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