Wineskins Church of Christ Ministers’ Health Survey Results

Here are all four posts summarizing the findings from the Church of Christ Ministers’ Health Survey. These results look at physical, mental, ministerial, relational and spiritual health of our ministers. Please pass this along to ministers and elders you know. The results had some bright spots but also some places we need to shore up.Continue Reading

Confusing our Comfort and Our Calling

Throughout scripture the Holy Spirit was at work gifting and empowering people to do the tasks God put before them. Even in the midst of Holy Spirit empowerment and direct divine intervention and calling, there were still people uneasy with their assigned tasks. Gideon was hesitant even though he was directly commissioned by an angelContinue Reading

Discernment and Decision Making Are Two Different Things

There is a lot of talk about discernment these days. Many have come to realize that the traditional filters by which we perceive things have not worked all that well for us. Congregational leadership is not the same as corporate leadership or business leadership and so how we go about looking at things needs toContinue Reading

Why are Biblical Lament and Celebration Extremely Important Today?

They are important because they are rooted in history. When you look at both biblical lament and biblical celebration, especially in the psalms, they are rooted in historical context. They reach back into their history. They remind themselves and their listeners (their co-mourners/co-celebrants) that what they are experiencing has deep roots going back generations. ThereContinue Reading

Operating Out of Conviction

Conviction is a word that I don’t hear very often. I think it is underused. The Bible talks about conviction in a few places including the famous chapter on faith in Hebrews 11, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” If we are to operate out ofContinue Reading

Ministers’ Health in Churches of Christ – Some New Statistics to Consider

I recently ran a survey of Church of Christ ministers to assess their health and self-care. I am going to be presenting a very small portion of that information at the Pepperdine lectures next week. There were a lot of things in the data that were encouraging and some things that scream just how muchContinue Reading

Psalm 118 and the Last Song Jesus Sang Before His Death

As Jesus concluded the Passover meal with his disciples there is a verse that is nearly always left out of the readings when this is read in sermons and at the Lord’s Supper. The verse right after Jesus finishes instituting the Lord’s Supper is this, “When they had sung a hymn, they went out toContinue Reading

Organization and the Church Family

I remember being newly married and getting back from our honeymoon. Although we had little cash we had lots of freedom. Going places and doing things didn’t require a lot of organization. You could jump in the car on a moment’s notice without an awful lot of planning. Then come the children. Children bring aContinue Reading

What the United Airlines Debacle Has to Teach Us About the Importance of Context

We live in a world of instant and instant means that context gets kicked to the curb because exploring context takes time and that means instant is impossible to achieve. Take what happened the other day on the United Airlines flight. The first thing we saw were the videos. They came from multiple angles andContinue Reading

Playing Chess With God

Sometimes life feels like playing chess with God. I am sitting on one side of the table trying to play both hands. Seated across from the Creator of the universe I strategize…figuring out what my next moves are going to be while also attempting to determine what God’s next moves are going to be AtContinue Reading

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