I Don’t Get the Gospel

(Excerpt from Putting Jesus on Display with Love and Power) I don’t get the gospel. I don’t fully understand how good God is, how lost I am without him, or how good and in right standing I now am because I’ve been hidden in Christ. I forget how real...

Confessions of a Pastor in a Female Body

I was recently at the closing session of a pastors’ retreat. As the leader ran through the schedule for the final session, which included extended times for prayer and communion, he asked, “When should we take a group photo?” The developing consensus from the...

Dealing with Failure

What do you do with your failures, sin, and poor choices? What do you do with those images that often suspend time, that play in slow motion like a car accident? Your life flashes before you. Fear grips you and strikes at the core of your being. This is often what...

The Importance of Routinization

by Charles Bello & Brian Blount (taken from From the Sanctuary to the Streets) As we read through the gospels, we see Jesus doing ministry day to day as He goes about His business. He ministers to the woman at the well while waiting on His disciples to get back...