Yes, Restore Mark Driscoll. But to What?
Maybe Driscoll is simply not pastoral material.
Since when does welcoming someone back to fellowship mean that you have to welcome him back to a post he abused? What’s wrong with a pew, even up front if he wants it? But just a pew? Laity, as the kids might say if the idea ever entered their heads, rocks! The verse Morris cites... Continue Reading
The Psalmist Tells Us – Sing!
God created music for the good of his people.
I don’t know about you, but I find that during phases of spiritual dehydration, the night is the hardest part of the day. It’s probably because I don’t have any activities to distract my brain; I’m forced to lie in bed and think about all the different elements that are contributing to my depression. What... Continue Reading
God is Always at Work
If you find yourself in a season of darkness, you are not all alone.
God is always at work. This is a glorious truth that all believers need to carry in their heart. Nothing that we experience, no tear that we shed, no pain that we endure, no sin that we commit, gets wasted in God’s economy. He uses it all to change us into the likeness of his... Continue Reading
Affections and Emotions
How does one order his affections and thereby begin to control his emotions?
By nature, mankind lives in the passions of their flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and are by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). Properly ordering one’s affections, therefore, is impossible for those who are outside of Christ. But, for the Christian – the one who has been born again,... Continue Reading
8 Causes of Pastoral Ministry Slump
The pastoral ministry slump is subjective if not vague. But it's real. And every pastor experiences it.
The “slump” metaphor is used often in sports. The baseball hitter is in a slump because he has not gotten a hit in 15 at bats. The football quarterback is in a slump because he has only completed eight passes in the past two games. But pastors can get in slumps as well. Admittedly they... Continue Reading
On Pastoral (Dis)qualification and Other Things
There are a set of very specific and detailed qualifications that are necessary - not optional - for any man who would be an under-shepherd of any flock of God.
I thankfully acknowledge that, mercifully, and to the best of our knowledge, Mark has not been guilty of “immorality, illegality and heresy.” Nevertheless, I protest that this is not the issue in the matter of pastoral qualification and disqualification. The presence of scandalous and often public sin would certainly disqualify any man from ministry at... Continue Reading
When “Biblical” is Just Another Hashtag
Putting it another way, we’re already pretty sure we’re right, so we try to pull the Bible in on our side.
And the problem, of course, is that the ideas just come from our own brains, not the Bible. I’m afraid, sometimes, that because whole generations of us grew up knowing all the Bible stories backwards and forwards, we go into life with the unspoken assumption that “if I’m pretty sure it’s right, it’s biblical.” But... Continue Reading
When Dad Doesn’t Disciple the Kids
In homes where dad is spiritually absent, I believe mom is called both to pray and to act.
In the absence of dad’s help, move forward to fill the gap. Without vilifying dad, simply begin having the conversationsnecessary to guide your children safely to adulthood. Continue to pray for dad. Continue to invite him periodically to join the conversation. Continue to honor him by committing to speak well of him to your children.... Continue Reading
5 Bad Substitutes for Discipline
Five poor substitutes that fail to address the heart.
There is nothing easy about parenting, and nothing easy about the responsibility of training our children in obedience through discipline. Because discipline is unpopular and unpleasant, parents often find themselves looking for substitutes. In her book Parenting Against the Tide, Ann Benton lists five poor substitutes for disciplining our children—five poor substitutes that fail to... Continue Reading
The Defense of Marriage Isn’t Over
The Supreme Court’s action is a setback for sound constitutional self-government and for a healthy marriage culture. So where do we go from here?
Whatever the law or culture may say, we must commit now to witness to the truth about marriage: that men and women are distinct and complementary, that it takes a man and a woman to bring a child into the world, and that children deserve a chance to grow up with a mom and a... Continue Reading