“Every step closer to my soul excites the scornful laughter of my devils, those cowardly ear-whisperers and poison-mixers.” -C. G. Jung "We are not unaware of the Devil's schemes" (2 Cor. 2:11). In 1978, spiritual writer Richard Foster wrote: "In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep … Continue reading The Enemy of Our Soul
We are focusing on Christ as Wonderful Counselor this week. God's plan for passing on his wisdom and guidance to others was to give His Spirit of Wisdom and insight to people who in turn share this wisdom with others. Who are the wise guides you turn to daily for insight and truth to live … Continue reading Selfie Spirituality
Modern day pastors have been all too willing to accept the role of a CEO running the church like a business, serving more as a visionary leader than a shepherd of souls. We've served the bottomline more than the "least of these." Board rooms and whiteboards have replaced prayer chapels and the pastor's study. More pastors … Continue reading Pastor: Shepherd or CEO?
The big box "church-as-business" model that arose in the last quarter of the 20th century was a complete (and short-lived) anomaly in the long 2,000 year history of Christian ministry. It rode the wave of American-styled capitalism and is grounded in the values of American consumerism and market driven strategies -- not the New Testament … Continue reading From Big Box to Big Souls
Over three decades ago, my late hero and Protestant "Saint" (if Presbyterians canonized people) Eugene Peterson wrote the following in the opening paragraphs to his book on pastoral ministry called Working the Angles (1987): “American pastors are abandoning their post, left and right, and at an alarming rate. They are not leaving their churches and getting … Continue reading Reclaiming the Pastoral Vocation
In this cultural moment when so many are seeking holistic healing, holistic medicine, Whole Foods, and whole-bodied spiritual practices (e.g., meditation, yoga, etc.), Christian teachers have such an opportunity to share the holistic message Jesus taught. Yet, I fear too many pastors and churches are still drunk on the leftover wine of ancient Gnostic and … Continue reading Mind, Body, Spirit & Doritos