Is God’s Love Reckless?

Leadership and Ministry

I have heard some people critical of the song from Bethel Music titled Reckless Love. The problem they claim is that God’s love is not reckless. The definition of ‘Reckless’ from dictionary.com is: utterly unconcerned about […]

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Worship and Music Are Not the Same Thing

Leadership and Ministry

I once applied for a youth pastor position and was horrified to see that the role included “worship leading.” My fear was because I have no ability in singing or instruments. I equated worship with […]

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The Sounds of Autism

Disability and Faith

I recently mentioned that we had a great service at our church this past Sunday. One of the things that made it a good service was a family that was visiting. This family happened to […]

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The Sound of Coming into Worship

Leadership and Ministry

In the church I grew up in, there were instructions in the bulletin about making noise in the sanctuary. It was expected that people would come to worship in silence, to prepare themselves and not […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Take Time to Worship

Pastor

I have already talked about the importance for pastors to grow in their relationship with God in a previous post. Related to that but still distinct is the importance of worship. How are they different? […]

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Good News: A Spiritual Potluck

Good News

Baptists sometimes joke that potluck meals are another sacrament alongside communion and baptism. I actually think there is a good biblical basis for the importance of the church eating together. But that is for another […]

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Who Should Sunday Worship Services Be Aimed At?

Sunday Worship

One of the things that I have noticed about contemporary Christian ministry is there is disagreement over the purpose and aim of Sunday worship services. The two options for the focus are: Christians who are […]

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The New Worship War

Leadership and Ministry

A number of decades ago, a conflict erupted over the style of worship. Some congregations felt that the traditional hymns were the way to go and others wanted newer “choruses.” This was not the first […]

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What is a Worshiping Church?

Queen Street Baptist Church

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Queen Street Baptist Church has identified itself as a worshiping community. It is hardly controversial that a church would want to be active in worship, and […]

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Disabilities, Church and the Idol of Excellence

Autism Blog

One of the most common core values for many contemporary churches is that of excellence. That is not necessarily a bad thing. We should want to do the things we do for God to the […]

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What I Look for in Worship Music

Leadership and Ministry

The “experts” would probably say that the worship wars are over or at least a non-issue. I would say that things have changed but feelings have not diminished. What I saw decades ago was the […]

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How to Leave a Church and How I Did It Wrong

Church

I have attended eight different churches over my lifetime. However, six of them were churches that I was pastoring at. That means that I have left only two churches based on decisions and not because […]

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3 Ingredients For a Healthy Church

Every Christian wants to be a part of healthy church. Unfortunately, not every church is healthy. I have heard too many horror stories of churches that are rotten inside. Jesus himself spoke about whitewashed tombs. […]

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Devotions: Malachi

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Malachi 1:8. The Old Testament provides very clear guidelines for the sacrifices offered to God. Because God is holy and righteous, only the best animals are to be sacrificed. In the […]

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Churches, Pastors and the Disabled

Disability and Faith

When it comes to welcoming those with disabilities into a church, I come at it with two hats. One hat is as a father of two children with autism. The other hat is as one […]

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Proud Dad

Good News

Unfortunately I did not make it to church today as I got sick just as we were leaving. This was disappointing for two reasons. One was that Amanda was on the worship team and this […]

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Devotions: Isaiah

A devotion based on Isaiah 1:11-17 Isaiah is one of the most popular books of the Old Testament. It was one of the books most frequently quoted by Jesus. When looking at such a book, […]

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A Really Big Show

Leadership and Ministry

Many years ago, Ed Sullivan was famous for introducing his television program by saying, “It’s a really big show tonight.” In his case, it was appropriate as he introduced such bands as the Beatles. My […]

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Spiritual Dangers and Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

I came across this surprising quote that may shock some readers: “I envy you not having to think any more about Christian apologetics.  My correspondents force the subject on me again and again.  It is […]

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A Church That Acts

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. […]

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