Beliefs matter. What we believe affects what we do and why we do it. Our beliefs influence our direction, priorities and choices. And nowhere is that more evident than our beliefs regarding truth itself.
The doctrine of inerrancy says that the Bible is without error or fault in its teaching. Generation after generation assaults this doctrine. Sometimes they do so because of cultural pressure. Sometimes it results from academic pressure. Perhaps it happens at times to justify some desired disobedience to what the Bible teaches. People often want to pick and choose what parts of the bible to believe, much like they pick and choose what vegetables to get at the buffet line.
Here are three reasons why the doctrine of inerrancy still matters today. Continue reading
“Peace on earth.”
I love that message from the angels to those shepherds on the first Christmas night. It points to the ultimate reconciliation man can have with God and others. It points to the Reconciler who is the only hope for peace in this sin-torn world.
But, peace isn’t fully realized in our world yet. And, we see it every Christmas. Christmas is a wonderful time of year. But it can also be a time of stress and pain and frustration.
I’ve noticed what I suspect many others have noticed. There are a lot of complaints at Christmas. Pastors notice people complaining about small things at Christmas time more than usual. Families see the fussing and fighting at higher levels. Couples often battle more frequently.
Here are three reasons people may complain more Continue reading
Ministry leaders need some task orientation. We have things to do and jobs to accomplish. While our activity comes out of who we are (see my previous blog on “12 Things Every Ministry Leader Needs to Be”), ministry certainly involves action.
But action without direction leads to frustration. So what are we to be doing as ministry leaders? Here are my thoughts on 12 things every ministry leader- regardless of the specifics of the ministry- needs to do. Continue reading