Leading From A Healthy Soul

Resilient Church Leadership invites you to join us in rest and reflection. What do you need? My friend’s words hung mid-air, like a half-deflated helium balloon. They didn’t fall; neither did they rise. Slightly deflated, just impossibly suspended in mid-air, right in front of my face. I could practically reach out and touch the question. … Read more Leading From A Healthy Soul

Let My People Meet: Capitol Hill Baptist, and Inconsistent Government Rules

Real violations of religious liberty occur when the government singles out churches, not when everyone has to follow the same rules. In recent news, Mark Dever and the members of Capitol Hill Baptist Church has filed a complaint against the mayor of Washington D.C. Muriel Bowser. The basic message of the complaint centers around “…the … Read more Let My People Meet: Capitol Hill Baptist, and Inconsistent Government Rules

What Pastors See as the ‘New Normal’ for Preaching After the Pandemic

COVID-19’s ministry disruptions are generating lasting insights. The sanctuary was empty. But that didn’t distract Claude Alexander. He had just finished preaching from Jeremiah 8 on the temptation to despair amid COVID-19 and the hope found in Christ. As he called on musicians to sing “Lead Me to the Rock,” Alexander was visibly moved to … Read more What Pastors See as the ‘New Normal’ for Preaching After the Pandemic

Some Things Mean More: The Friendship of Ginsburg-Scalia

How do we foster friendships that transcend polarization? “He is something of a pagan, and like many other pagans, he is a very fine man.” This was the reflection the G.K. Chesterton of his friend George Bernard Shaw. As was characteristic of his biting wit, Chesterton simultaneously poked fun at Shaw and those who devalued … Read more Some Things Mean More: The Friendship of Ginsburg-Scalia

Some Thing More: The Friendship of Ginsburg-Scalia

How do we foster friendships that transcend polarization? “He is something of a pagan, and like many other pagans, he is a very fine man.” This was the reflection the G.K. Chesterton of his friend George Bernard Shaw. As was characteristic of his biting wit, Chesterton simultaneously poked fun at Shaw and those who devalued … Read more Some Thing More: The Friendship of Ginsburg-Scalia

Why the Supreme Court Makeup Matters Beyond Abortion

Legal experts cite religious freedom and free speech among the major issues for evangelicals in a post–Ruth Bader Ginsburg court. Last week’s death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg represents the third opportunity for President Donald Trump to nominate a Supreme Court justice. A third of evangelicals by belief cited Supreme Court nominees and abortion stance as … Read more Why the Supreme Court Makeup Matters Beyond Abortion

Mark Dever’s Capitol Hill Baptist Sues to Not Forsake the Assembly

Without online preaching or multiple services, the DC church crossed state lines to gather legally during the pandemic. Capitol Hill Baptist Church this week became the first house of worship to file suit against Washington, DC, for its ongoing restrictions on religious gatherings meeting indoors or outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Post reported. … Read more Mark Dever’s Capitol Hill Baptist Sues to Not Forsake the Assembly

Our Personal Scars Can Help Others Heal

There are four marks of wounded healers. When asked to describe 2020 thus far, many have used the words uncertain, divisive, and disruptive. When I asked my friend this question, her response summarized it sufficiently: wounding. Now over 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, almost 70 times more than those who … Read more Our Personal Scars Can Help Others Heal

Pandemic Denial Sows Division and Endangers Others

When pastors and church leaders deny that we are even in a pandemic, it can cause wide-ranging problems. Yesterday, as the United States passed a grim milestone, I tweeted: As of today, 200,000 dead in the United States. Just a reminder that we are still in a global pandemic, even if your pastor says it … Read more Pandemic Denial Sows Division and Endangers Others