I sometimes long for silence. Words are important to pastors because they live by words. But in the midst of continuous preaching and conversing with people, there are times I long for silence.
“I don’t want you take this personally, pastor, but we are leaving the church.” Yeah. Right. The church member might as well have stabbed the pastor with a knife while noting it was not personal. One of the most painful and personal aspects of a pastor’s ministry is the departure of church members. Of course, I am referring to church members who stay in the community, not those who move out of town.
I always knew that exercising is good for the health, but I actually haven’t been exercising regularly. Whenever people ask me, “What kind of exercise do you do for your health? How do you keep your health?” I awkwardly answered, “I do breathing exercise.”
Change or die. Imagine hearing those words from your physician. I hope you would be motivated to change. Eat well. Exercise. Stop smoking. You get the picture.
John Wesley's pneumatology is significant as we deal with the contemporary Christian pneumatology. When Wesley encountered the experience of Aldersgate Street at May 24, 1738, it meant that he already received the Puritan doctrine of conviction. This kind of conviction, in that sense, can be called as the new conversion.
I’m growing in wisdom every morning as I meditate on the Word of the book of Nehemiah. God has entrusted Nehemiah with a task of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem.
For the next 20 weeks, I’m planning to speak about the people of faith who are mentioned in the faith chapter (Hebrews 11). To speak more strictly, I am going to witness the Word about the people of faith who have experienced God.
In this thesis, Luther boldly asserted that for the will after the fall of Adam is captive and subject to sin; it exists in name only, and as long as it does what it is able to do, it commits a mortal sin. This thesis was perhaps the most offensive of all to the papal party in Luther’s day. In February, 1520, the theological committee was established to examine Luther’s writings.
Zwingli's view on the Eucharist (as well as baptism) is heavily influenced by two factors. First, Zwingli had served as a chaplain in the Swiss Confederacy. In this military context Zwingli learned the importance of rank and allegiance. He spoke of the essence of the sacrament as consisting in Pflichtszeichen, that is, a "demonstration of allegiance."
“What makes you think your father was never proud of you?” I asked a millennial man in my counseling office years ago. He was leaning over, rubbing his temples with his palms. When he finally looked up at me, eyes glistening with tears, he gave a simple answer: “Because he never told me so.”
Jesus cultivated his disciples to be faithful workers. What the church needs to do is to cultivate faithful workers and keep them for the next generations. A Korean dictionary defines ‘faithfulness’ as ‘sincerity coming from the heart.’ Faithfulness cannot be forced. True faithfulness comes from the heart.
Pastors' compensation -- it’s a sensitive issue. Pastors not become pastors because it’s a lucrative career—they answered God’s call to save souls. But pastors can’t live if they are not properly compensated either. I am writing this article in part as a response to the recent study released by Grey Matter Research & Consulting, looking at the financial struggles of Evangelical pastors in the US as well as a study done by AARP and AAAJ surveying 50 and older Asian Americans. Both studies were released on April 2016.
It is definitely not an easy task to raise children well. As I raised two daughters, I refrained myself from writing a book about child education. I come to understand that knowing few principles of child education doesn’t guarantee you to raise your children well.
One of the largely unspoken phenomenon of the past decade has been the decline in large churches located at only one site. Most of the large church growth today is taking place at multisite churches.
What if church members began their own form of sermon preparation? For countless decades, we have heard about the role of pastors in sermon preparation. The number of hours they need to prepare. The priority of preparation. The role of prayer in sermon preparation.