What first drew me to actor Terry Crews was when he made headlines for boldly speaking out against pornography. He shared his own struggles with it to his fans (see video below) and it made national news. The more I looked into his life, the more substance I found. What I discovered was a courageous person who isn’t afraid to risk their popularity in order to stand for important truths. I love this. This led me to read Terry’s autobiography, Manhood. What I discovered was the refreshing account of a real person, not a Hollywood facade. What I found was a transparent, relatable guy that I have a lot in common with. I highly recommend you read Manhood and I bet you’ll find the same thing.
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Do you have “Christian Fatigue Syndrome?”
Are you tired of helping other people enjoy God while wondering if you’ll ever enjoy him again?
Do you feel like you’re on a spiritual treadmill?
Does God feel academic, cognitive and sterile rather than personal, intimate and close?
(I would have said yes to all of these things in January 2015)
Read these 4 books. I hope and pray they have the same impact on your life and relationship with God that they have had on mine: (The two Nouwen books take less than 2 hours to read)
What does the Bible say about insecurity?
Failure, Insecurity as a Striving Pastor & Finding My Soul in Jesus
Much of my 10 years as a church planter have been riddled with anxiety, performance and self-striving. When I started out in 2005, I envisioned leading thousands of people to Jesus…for Jesus’ glory of course.
The church planting textbooks and the pressures of a church planting network told me that after our 9 month prepatory stage, we should have around 150 people on our first public Sunday, with week 2 taking a dip down to around 80, then it should build up from there, hitting a steady 150-200 within the first two years or so.
We had 50 people our first Sunday. I unconsciously lied and told my support team we had 90. I told them I didn’t count (only people with ego problems count, I told myself). But I estimated 90.
We had 18 people our second Sunday.
So we had 18 people our second Sunday.
You get the idea. Oh and I am counting myself of course.
It’s hard not to count when there are 18 (17) people in a room.
What is 18 (17) people to a church planter?
It is failure. Continue Reading…
Ken Wytsma’s most recent book The Grand Paradox, addresses many of the tensions believers and non-believers feel toward the Christian faith.
Tensions within the Bible and Christianity abound. Many of these tensions push people away from faith. Ken argues they should push us toward it.
Ken argues that if doubt is like thirst in the desert, faith is its water.
This sounds catchy for a pastor to say, but how can this be true when people’s doubts deal with such deep topics as personal pain, suffering in the world, brutality in the Old Testament, and so on? The answer will change your faith and your life. Continue Reading…