Like other people and organizations, the church is collectively going through a tough time as the pandemic drags on. Barna recently reported that 38% of pastors are seriously considering leaving the ministry. That’s a huge percentage, and it’s a 9% increase from just 8 months ago. That number jumps to 51% for pastors in a … Continue reading A tough (refining?) time for the church
Read the Bible… out loud
I once heard a story about a man who entered a room to discover another man looking at some words on a page. But he wasn’t saying anything. “What are you doing?” he asked. “I’m reading,” he replied. I don’t know how old the story is, but apparently at that time in history (perhaps the … Continue reading Read the Bible… out loud
Head held high in hope
The. World. As. We. Know. It. Will. End. Did you know that? These days, we mostly hear about end-of-the-world speculation in Hollywood movies. Remember Armageddon starring Bruce Willis? Apparently, a lot of people also ask their smartphones about it. Someone asked Siri, “When will the world end?” Here’s what she said: “Whenever they start building … Continue reading Head held high in hope
God is God. You are you.
In today’s modern society we can control more and more things in the quest for convenience and comfort. We can control the temperature in our homes, sometimes even from a distance. We have access to medicines that people would have died for a century ago. We can make headaches go away with a single pill. … Continue reading God is God. You are you.
Against the noise
I once went on a monastic-style retreat. There was a lot of silence. I mean, a lot. Other people seemed to instantly enter into a state of relaxation and calm. But for me it didn't come so easy. When I tried to calm my mind and enter a time of Christian meditation or prayer, things … Continue reading Against the noise