Practice These Things and Devote Yourself to Them

Its not unusual for church leaders to be frustrated that members aren’t more active. And they tend to attribute lack of involvement to lack of commitment, or not taking faith seriously. But the results of actual attempts at involvement suggest other factors are at work. Consider these (real) examples. Young mother sees specific way to… Continue reading Practice These Things and Devote Yourself to Them

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The Isaiah 40 Response

I remember hearing one minister who preached twice and taught a class every Sunday morning talk about how tired he was Sunday afternoons.  He said he usually didn’t even feel like eating Sunday dinner, and joked that his wife would spoon food the baby, then a bite for Dad, then the baby, then Dad.  What… Continue reading The Isaiah 40 Response

But Grow in the Grace of Our Savior Jesus Christ

“You’re such a people-person!” he said. Startled, I did not know how to reply. I am, in all respects an “introvert”: more comfortable observing rather than participating; having little patience with “small talk”; preferring to work alone; and needing solitude. I thought he knew me better than this! If in doubt, smile. Afterwards, I had… Continue reading But Grow in the Grace of Our Savior Jesus Christ