Eugene Peterson should be among the voices from whom every pastor seeks wisdom. In The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction, Peterson redefines the term pastor, gives insight into the invisible aspect of the pastor’s role, and offers the pastor examples of how the word can be made flesh anew through preaching […]Read more "The Contemplative Pastor: A Return to the Art of Spiritual Direction"
Jerry Cook sets forth to articulate his philosophy of the church in Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness: Being Christians in a Non-Christian World. While it would seem from the title that the book is about these three values they only appear intermittently throughout the book. Rather than an articulation of love, acceptance and forgiveness, this book […]Read more "Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness"
Mine was a love-hate affair with Leonard Sweet’s latest book, I Am a Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus. The premise of the book, “It’s never been about leading,” (from the front cover) has been a growing interest of mine in the midst of all the business-model-leadership books I have been asked […]Read more "Review of “I Am a Follower”"
(sermon ~ Jesus Brought Friends ~ March 20, 2011 ~ Luke 19:1-10) Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he ~ he climbed up in a sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see ~ and as the Savior passed his way he looked up in the tree ~ […]Read more "Jesus Brought Friends"
Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday. My sermon files have one previous sermon on Matthew 17:1-9 (from three years ago) and two sermons on Mark 9:1-13. All three are about the Transfiguration of Jesus. They are all good sermons (at least I think they are), but they are woefully inadequate for this year’s Transfiguration Sunday. It’s not […]Read more "One Problem with the Lectionary Preacher"
I have wanted to read this book since it first came out three years ago. I probably had it in my hands to purchase at least 10 times in the last three years. Why didn’t I? I don’t know. Maybe I thought reading about talking vegetables wasn’t very dignified. Perhaps God was waiting to use […]Read more "Me, Myself and Bob"
My pastoral coach recommended that I read this book. I did (Habit 1) and it has proved to be fruitful. I look forward to processing more and applying the principles and practices to my life. Definitely worth reading. Habit 1 – Be Proactive Life happens. When it does we must respond. We tend to respond […]Read more "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"