Church Relationships Don’t Come Easy–and Why That’s Okay

Shouldn’t church be easy? Shouldn’t I just click with the people in my church? Shouldn’t it be the most natural thing in the world for me to spend time with my brothers and sisters in Christ? …but what if it isn’t? Is something wrong with my church? Is something wrong with me? We look at our neighborhoodsContinue reading “Church Relationships Don’t Come Easy–and Why That’s Okay”

Church, It’s Not Okay to Act Like Old Testament Israel

The congregational meeting started off well enough. Prayer was said. A few announcements. However, as the evening wore on it was clear that there was unrest among the people. At a particular moment, as if choreographed beforehand, a well-known belligerent stood waving a petition of the names of others who were also displeased with theContinue reading “Church, It’s Not Okay to Act Like Old Testament Israel”

The Lord Has Done a Big Small Thing for CSBC

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” -Luke 1:46-47,49 This has been my song the past week. These words more than anything else put into words the exuberance and excitement in what the LordContinue reading “The Lord Has Done a Big Small Thing for CSBC”

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 inContinue reading “The Pastoral “Three-Year Glitch”: Ecclesiological Divorce”