Month: July 2016

The Economy of Preaching

Rags for Riches

If you’re anything like me, you might have a mild interest in government and economics, which is good and fine. A Christian biblical worldview in fact has a bit to say on those matters. So it is right that pastors should be informed to one degree or another on those issues. Personally, there are several podcasts of that nature that I enjoy listening to. I was recently listening to one in particular and began to be a bit discouraged. If you take a logical look at the state of our economy and the turmoil our world is in, it is very easy to fall into a pessimistic trap of fear or anxiety. America could legitimately collapse quite hard at any time, really. I am a preacher, but I work a full time job to support my family. My mind is prone to wander and borrow worry for the future of…

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For Sinners, Christ Came

Rags for Riches

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples,“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Matthew 9v9-13

In this passage we catch Jesus doing Jesus-y things per usual. There’s that Jewish Rabbi breaking all historical, culural, and societal norms and boundaries again…

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The importance of self control for spiritual leadership

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There are many ways we can remotely prepare ourselves to become good spiritual leaders, and one of these is to concentrate on self-control.

In the last couple of decades, we have witnessed a lot of reckless, wanton uncontrolled greed—whether for money, power, ideological purity, and so on—from many managers who have destroyed financial institutions, healthcare organizations, service industries, religious priorities, and even nations. Some have even pleaded for government regulations or international interventions because they recognize that they cannot regulate themselves. They know they are out of control. As a leader you need to live ethically, with integrity, and this means first of all being able to control your own negative tendencies. This first step implies breaking away from self-centeredness through a regime similar to an exercise program; this self-control is a form of spiritual conditioning for one’s mind, spirit, and heart. Mature leaders generally know their own weaknesses, are…

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