The Pastoral “Three-Year Glitch”: Ecclesiological Divorce

As I prepare this week to preach from Matthew 5:21-32, I have been thinking about divorce.  Having only pastored for five months, other pastors always say to me, "Oh, you're still in the honeymoon phase!"  They mean well, and they're being honest.  A pastor's ministry in a church is quite similar to a marriage in …

The Sensual Injections of Religious Rock (CCM) — Part One

Sorry, Louis.  You have no place on the IPod of the truly religious Christian. Part of taking a new pastorate means you inherit all of the junk mail of the previous guy.  There is an independent Baptist newspaper that shows up in my mailbox--sort of like a letter from Paul--that contains all kinds of..."articles".  The …

Getting Knocked Out by a German Youth Pastor

(photo credit) Have you ever been dissatisfied with your church?  Have you, pastor, ever wished your church was more...awesome?  Are you astounded by how far your church falls short in the "obeying the Bible" category?  Do members of your congregation let you down--over and over and over again? Meet Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  He's about to take …