Category Archives: Church

From Doing Ministry to Developing Ministers

Pastors who do their job poorly focus attention on themselves; pastors who do their job properly equip the saints from the work of ministry (Eph 4:12). Recently our pastoral staff has been discussing how we can shift our focus from … Continue reading

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Responding to Harvey and the Joys of a Denomination

Watching the news about Hurricane Harvey can be numbing. As we see picture after picture of devastation and destruction, we easily turn away and dismiss these pictures out of hand.  James 2:15–16 warns us that if a brother or sister … Continue reading

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Creation Filled (Gen 1:14–25)

Authority orders according to its proper function. In my role as a senior pastor, my authority is not to be expressed in ordering people for my selfish ends (e.g., picking up my dry cleaning and coffee) but to mobilize our … Continue reading

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Trellis and Vine

The organic growth of a vine must happen along with the structural development of a trellis; too much trellis hampers the growth of a vine, inadequate trellis prevents the flourishing of that vine. Similarly the organic growth of the church … Continue reading

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Challenges of Community and Growth

Our Issue  As I listened to Phil Vischer’s message on community from Ephesians, I wondered, “So must the church return to his grandfather’s day in Muscatine, Iowa? Is that the answer?” He insightfully connected the struggles of the church to … Continue reading

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Root Canals, Novocain, Giving and God’s Promises

Speaking on giving at church can be like talking about root canals at the dentist; it has to be done, but nobody likes doing it. On the other hand, not talking about God’s promises on giving at church is like … Continue reading

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Simply Resting (Isaiah 56:1–8)

When I told Cheryl Baird that I would preach on rest, she said, “That’s like me preaching on cooking.” Ouch. Okay. I admit it. Sometimes I work too hard. But why do I push myself so hard? Sometimes it is … Continue reading

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