What Are the Ramifications of Provocation?

The idea of being provoked yet not offended started me thinking about a few things—not just personally but vocationally as well. Certainly, this challenge has personal ramifications... Read More »

Formation is . . .

Merriam-Webster defines formation as an act of giving form or shape to something or of taking form: development. This is how the term is used when talking about spiritual formation. It... Read More »

Spirituality is . . .

What does it mean to be spiritual? There are many ideas about spirituality these days, but what does (or should) a Christian mean when they use the term? What does it mean for a... Read More »

Pastoring for Spiritual Formation

I wish change was easy. Don’t you? I wish that I could demolish and then rebuild the back deck at my house without the pain of labor or the expense of material. I wish my kids would... Read More »
Mistakes We Make

Mistakes We Make

Often when we Christians talk about holiness, our talk is accompanied by one of two problematic responses. The first mistake many of us make is to resign ourselves to failure. “I can... Read More »
Conducting Holiness: The Disconnect Between Page to Practice

Conducting Holiness: The Disconnect Between Page to Practice

I had been in ministry for about 18 months when I came to a startling revelation—I didn’t know what I was doing. Looking back, I can’t believe it took me that long to realize my... Read More »
Conducting Holiness: Shepherding Others Toward Godly Living

Conducting Holiness: Shepherding Others Toward Godly Living

As I continue to process the idea of pastor as conductor, I am struck by the similarities. Each is tasked with helping people get that which is beautiful off the page and into the... Read More »
Conducting Holiness

Conducting Holiness

A couple of months ago my oldest son was chosen to play in the regional honors band. One to three students from each of the region’s 40 schools were chosen to comprise the 88-member... Read More »
Liberty – Treacherous Triangle

Liberty – Treacherous Triangle

We said in an earlier blog, and implied in the last one, that one of the great problems we face in responding to the teaching and expectations of the Scriptures is that we struggle... Read More »
License Answered – Treacherous Triangle

License Answered – Treacherous Triangle

The idea of license was not unknown in the early church—and it is not foreign to the church today. Paul wrote to the Romans, saying: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in... Read More »
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