March 15, 2019

The focus of this collection is on the people of God and Christian living.  Discipleship seems to be trending again in the last 40 years especially.  We have rediscovered the spiritual disciplines or exercises in the Protestant Church.  Our Catholic neighbors never lost track of them.  We have seen the rise of spiritual formation as a legitimate field of study and practice.  We have also seen glimpses of what could be called community development.  The focus is on developing the… Read more

March 12, 2019

There are some who tackle political issues on the Patheos platform, from a religious standpoint.  For the most part I do not, although I do have political leanings like anyone else.  Today, I was struck by a video opinion by Tucker Carlson. I’m sure most people develop their own opinion about his opinions very quickly.  However, I was struck at another level.  I was struck with his approach.  I began to wonder about the church in this day and age…. Read more

March 7, 2019

We used to live in a time when there were far more pastoral scholars.  A minister was qualified to be a voice in both the academie and the parish.  Are we living in the twilight of that day? These materials from my Google+ (G+) collection are selected with the curiosities, pragmatics, and the formation of the minister in mind. For a similar thread, see: on Pastoring and Leadership (from the G+ collection) “Time is short. Eternity is long. It is… Read more

March 5, 2019

I am not kidding you, whatever that relaxing hormone is that releases in your body when you’re pregnant, they need to bottle it up. Because I had no pain during my pregnancy. I was expecting it to return after Mateo was born and it never returned. – Crystal Ingle I’m sharing a guest post this week.  It’s a special presentation that was done by my wife Crystal, on the Pentecostal Church of God doctrine of healing.  This is a personal… Read more

March 2, 2019

These are simply a couple themes that I am chasing related to the Second or Third Person of the Trinity.  Material related to our Lord Jesus may be from the fields of Christology, Soteriology, views on the Atonement, etc.  Material related to the Holy Spirit may include Pneumatology, Classic Pentecostalism, Spirit-led Christian living, etc.  When we further our understanding of the Son of God and the Spirit, we strengthen our knowledge of the Trinity. As Google+ prepares to shut down,… Read more

February 27, 2019

In light of this week’s events, I offer an essay adapted from an old homily, instead of my weekly podcast.  Countless Christians have prayerfully tuned in to watch the direction that the Methodists have taken. Traditionalists may have won a victory yesterday, although I did not see anyone taking a proverbial victory lap.  The reality that many people woke up with this morning is that there is an entire denomination to save, which may be fracturing over these issues.  Whole people… Read more

February 21, 2019

This is from our last year pastoring at MT. ZION Family Worship Center.  Toward the autumn months, we began to sense that our mission at MtZ had nearly reached fulfillment.  So in January of 2018 we resigned. As we were then, we still are now, discerning and seeking wisdom.  We earnestly pray the same for MtZ.  I just had the opportunity to catch up with a leader from there this week, who shared with me some specific ways I can… Read more

February 19, 2019

The point of that internship program is to place them, to point them in the right direction, to give assistance to the local church.  And so we find our local churches already benefiting from groups that are growing, from extra help.  I mean, what church doesn’t need a little bit of extra help? – Rev. James Gibson, Michigan District Youth Director, PCG This is the second part of a podcast with Rev. James Gibson, our Michigan District Youth Director for… Read more

February 14, 2019

I have recognized some significant themes as I have been closing down my Google+ (G+) account.  So far, I have posted on Prayer and on Pastoring and Leadership.  This post recounts some of my time as a pastor.  I have served in pastoral ministry, mainly on staff, with a few years in a couple of lead roles.  Patheos is a good venue for some of these shepherding posts, memories made in community, now shared with a new audience. on Shepherding… Read more

February 12, 2019

Working with youth pastors a lot – How do we keep these students engaged and involved, without feeling the pressure like we’ve got to keep this entertainment business up for them? – Rev. James Gibson, Michigan District Youth Director, PCG I recently had the honor of sitting down and enjoying a few minutes of conversation with Rev. James Gibson at a youth event.  James has served extensively in youth ministry at various levels.  He has also ministered as a lead… Read more

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