Gentling of Ambition

By Michelle van Loon: Have your ambitions “gentled” over time? How so? What have you learned about those old ambitions? I was in a room with a bunch of young pastors-in-training, and commented to a friend that I could feel the testosterone in the air even though there were a number of women present. “That’s [Read More...]

Calvin vs. Wesley on the Church

“The root of ignorance,” Don Thorsen says, “is ‘ignoring,’ and too many Christians intentionally ignore the beliefs, values, and practices of others, including those of other Christians and churches” (Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice, 89). On this Thorsen is not only right but a model of its opposite: he patiently explains [Read More...]

Thom Rainer’s 5 Stages of Pastoral Ministry

Thom Rainer: Though I have attempted to name the stages in the past, I offer in this article the “why” behind each stage. Year 1: Honeymoon. Both pastor and church have a blank slate and they enter the relationship hoping and believing the best about each other. Perhaps the pastor was weary of his previous pastorate, [Read More...]


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