I was pretty much born in Sunday School with a Bible in hand. My dad has been a senior pastor since 1998, and before that, he was ministering in youth and assistant pastoring roles at various congregations.
One of the most fundamental of human pursuits is the quest for a legacy. About the time our thoughts mature, the general movement of those thoughts is directed on making a name for ourselves, leaving something behind, ensuring we’re remembered.
Growing up a pastor’s kid, you’re privy to a lot of dilemmas the general church-goer doesn’t see or understand. This isn’t meant to sound haughty, it’s just the nature of the beast when it comes to growing up in ministry.
What is the greatest thing about the gospel? This may seem like an unanswerable question, or an undeserved distinction that’s little more than debate fodder for those who have nothing better to do with their time or academic sophistications than split theological hairs.
Upon moving to south Florida in the spring of 2013, I wasn’t really looking to get involved in pastoral ministry right away. This was a big shift for me. Moving from the Appalachian foothills in upstate South Carolina to the beaches of southern Florida is a pretty jarring change.
The “Kingdom of God” is one of the more prominent themes that occurs throughout the Gospels. A quick inquiry will find the term frequently mentioned in all the Gospel records, to varying degrees of prevalence.
What’s interesting to note about church history is that Jesus was never accused of being a legalist — he never faced the charge of preaching “too much law.” In fact, just the opposite is true: he was accused of preaching lawlessness or “too much grace.”
If there’s one thing that’s destined to doom Christianity, I believe it to be the conjoined twins of complacency and pragmatism. They tend to infiltrate the Church and bring it down from the inside out.
A true leader isn’t someone who sees themselves as “having all the power,” but rather a person who knows the One who does. Sometimes, the torrent of life can seem too overwhelming and chaotic for even the best of leaders.