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church pastoring theology

The Church and The Surprising Offense of God’s Love

I’ve been reading The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love by Jonathan Leeman, and although I’ve had some disagreements with the book, it has been an excellent read.   I wanted to share a few quotes that have been particularly challenging for me. Below is a good challenge to teaching “community” as the solution […]

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pastoring

Being a Pastor – Fun Sunday Questions

Here’s a rundown of some of the questions I was asked today from a variety of different people: Are you a young earth or old earth creationist? Can you tell me where the bathroom is? Can you find some people to pass the offering baskets? Why did God require a sacrifice for sin? What role […]

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austin stone pastoring

Avoiding the Bureaucratic Death Spiral | What’s Best Next

Matt Perman pulled a great quote from a book that I love, Good to Great by Jim Collins, over at What’s Best Next.  The basic gist (for those who won’t read below), is that bureaucracy kills entrepreneurial spirit, while discipline sustains it. Entrepreneurial success is fueled by creativity, imagination, bold moves into uncharted waters, and […]

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discipleship pastoring

Discipleship and Ministry | Part 2

For my initial thoughts on the challenges of remaining faithful to discipleship in the midst of ministry, go here.  I’d like to expand a little more fully on my thoughts from the last post. In brief, I’ve found that it can be extremely difficult to continually cultivate the centrality of discipleship, or the process of […]

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pastoring

People Work and Task Work

I’m learning a lot this week about the similarities and differences of people work and task work.  My role has been shifting into a managerial and oversight role over a significant number of people, and this has required much more personal interaction and meeting than I have had in the past. Here’s a few things […]