When Your Adversary Roars

I was asked recently to share about the way spiritual warfare works in my own life. What a tough thing to tackle! Dare I be brutally honest, conveying the depths that I can go in my own struggle against the “cosmic powers over this present darkness” (Ephesians 6:12)? Generally speaking I shared along two lines. One line referred to ways […]

A Cursory Theology of the Arts

Every third Tuesday of the month our elders from Bethel Church and I gather in one of our homes for an evening of fellowship, discussion and prayer. While meeting a couple of evenings ago we processed together the dynamics of the arts and the manner in which the arts can be a tool for making disciples. In reflecting upon a […]

Thom Rainer on the Sentence Pastors Hate

Thom Rainer just put out a compelling piece that strikes a deep sounding chord with every single pastor I know. It gets to the dirty underworld of pastoral ministry, touching on one of the most challenging, painful, and discouraging aspects of the entire calling. His article speaks to when someone comes up—elders, laypeople, other staff, and so forth—and says something […]

Five Rocks for a Great Team

I know it is cliché , but I wish to pick up the five smooth stones David took hold of and attach to them real-time meaning for our Bethel Church staff (which, by the way, is the greatest team in the world!). Perhaps taking these rocks and putting them into your bag will be helpful for you, too. I shared […]

(At least) 7 Keys to a Dynamic Team

There are plenty more, but let’s focus on seven of them—keys to a dynamic team. First, however, it may be good to define “team.” Perhaps by team we mean your family. You are the mother and you have a husband and three kids. Or, maybe by team we mean your, um, team. You are the starting forward and you have […]

Addington on Grace

Grace. It is the word that we use at some special meal when we ask someone to pray. “Would you say grace?” we ask. It is a word that we will hear over and over again while watching the Sochi Winter Olympics on NBC. “She skates with so much grace!” we will declare. It is a word we repeat when […]