Songs of the Day
Conversations for Ministry Leaders
(This post has not been edited for errors. These are my raw, honest thoughts. In a hurry? Scroll down for my 10 observations.) I didn’t grow up in church. It wasn’t until I was assaulted in high …
Gay marriage is a lightning rod issue these days. We talk with bridge-builder Andrew Marin about how the church can respond to this issue without getting burned.
Sunday morning church services are still a very segregated hour. Is that okay? Is it okay for white American Christians to go celebrate God at one church and black American Christians to go celebrate God in another church? Should changing that reality be on our radar, an idea on our to-do list? I honestly don’t know the answer to that question.
I ached as I stood over the casket preaching Marcus’s eulogy. I had known and worked with Marcus for 15 years before he was killed when four bullets found his body while stopping to buy diapers for his child. Sometimes in life, you are in the right place at the right time and other times you find yourself in the middle of gun fight. I told the family and friends who had gathered, “GOD IS PISSED OFF AND SO AM I. We are not supposed to be here today! We are to be celebrating college graduations, birthdays, and weddings, not mourning at the funeral of a 24-year-old son, dad, nephew, and cousin.” The reality of my ministry in Chicago is that I have story after story of young men who have been a part of my world and life who have been both victims and shooters. Yet, every time tragedy strikes, the pain is the same. If you have never held a mother, father, or crying child who has had to bury a family member because of gun violence, you might not understand the need to make the to
Hey John Piper, Is My Femininity Showing?: The implications of allowing women to teach "indirectly."
The implications of allowing women to teach “indirectly.”
Mark spoke in chapel every other year, usually in the spring, which was about the time I’d accumulated too many absences to cut. A former college basketball player with an imposing six-foot-seven frame, bald head, and booming voice, Mark traveled the country telling Christian college students about his evangelistic exploits, challenging us to “wake up from our apathy” and start witnessing to people before they died and went to hell.