February 8, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: February 8, 2016

This is part four in a series of iMonk posts that Michael wrote back in 2006. We have edited them and now present them each Monday. His subject was “the sermon,” and the series was called “What’s Wrong with the Sermon?” Here is Michael’s explanation of the approach he took: In this series of posts I will be examining the […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: February 1, 2016

This is part three in a series of iMonk posts that Michael wrote back in 2006. We have edited them and now present them each Monday. His subject was “the sermon,” and the series was called “What’s Wrong with the Sermon?” Here is Michael’s explanation of the approach he took: In this series of posts I will be examining the […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: January 25, 2016

This is part two in a series of iMonk posts that Michael wrote back in 2006. We have edited them and present them each Monday. Michael’s subject was “the sermon,” and the series was called “What’s Wrong with the Sermon?” Here is Michael’s explanation of the approach he took: In this series of posts I will be examining the […]

Epiphany III: I wonder…

Epiphany III I wonder… Luke 4:14-20 (NRSV) 14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: January 18, 2016

For the next few weeks, I will run iMonk posts that Michael wrote back in 2006. His subject was “the sermon,” and the series was called “What’s Wrong with the Sermon?” Here is Michael’s explanation of the approach he took: In this series of posts I will be examining the sermon as it is currently […]

Another Look: Peter the Pastor

I have written several posts on the subject of pastoral visitation and the importance of church communities taking seriously the responsibility for the personal care and tending of their members. In a comment I received to one of those posts, a church leader wrote that some pastors should not be considered responsible for pastoral care […]

Church Growth: Pastoral Care

One thing I have noticed about people who promote church growth ideology, and the pastors who who “lead” churches by its principles: They really don’t like pastoral care. And yet, they still want to be called pastors. Take the eight-point list on why churches don’t grow by Carey Nieuwhof that we referenced yesterday. The first and […]

Church Growth: the Organization

Church growth thinking is alive and well, and in the eyes of many, successful. And I suppose it is from a certain perspective. Here is Outreach Magazine’s list of the ten largest churches in the U.S. in 2014: If my calculator is right, these ten churches claim that nearly 244,000 people are affiliated with them. That’s […]

Swimming against a Tide: Pastoral Ministry

Swimming against a Tide Ways I’ve changed in my evangelical faith Pastoral Ministry This week I want to push back against some articles written by others — not because I have a chip on my shoulder or animus toward any particular writers, but simply to try and express some of the ways I have changed […]

Wisdom Week: The Pastoral Wisdom of Small Talk

No one has imparted more wise insights to me about the pastoral life than Eugene Peterson. I’m sad I’ve never met him, even though when I lived in Maryland, his church was right down the road. How different my course might have been had I been introduced to him then! But then perhaps that would […]