This article originally appeared at LifeWay.com/Pastors I’ve seen hunger up close. In the dusty villages of West Africa, I have seen the extended bellies caused by malnutrition and the desperation in the eyes of a mother who doesn’t know how to feed her baby. These images are hard to forget. When I look at my…Read more Friends, we are without excuse.
This article originally appeared at Lifeway.com/ChurchLeaders The “Super-Pastor” expectations that so often seem to go hand-in-hand with modern church leadership are a black mark on the church. The “Super-Pastor” is the pastor who is always on call, ready to serve; nights, weekends and vacations are no barrier, they never miss a hospital visit, they always…Read more God didn’t call you to be a Super-Pastor
Can I take a minute or two to defend ritual and tradition? It's true that this might seem a bit odd for me. I have spent my life in an Evangelical stream that is anything but high church. In my world I have heard, more often than not, Matthew 6:7 used as a prooftext for…Read more In praise of ritual & tradition
This article was originally posted at the LifeWay Church Leaders blog. The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ – Luke 7:34 Jesus was a friend of sinners. This is clearly established throughout the gospels. Jesus was among…Read more 3 Ways to Be a Friend of Sinners
Pastor's, let's be honest, as much as difficulties in the church can often trouble us, we are naturally problem-solvers. Whether it's dissecting a biblical text, designing a discipleship strategy, helping unravel spiritual needs in a church member, or serving a family as they search for hope in the midst of grief, we like to approach…Read more Celebrate, Pastor.
Matt Rogers is the pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, SC. He is also the author of Aspire, a book that seeks to help the church develop and deploy disciples. Aspire is available today. Click here to purchase a copy. I’ve never met a pastor that said “Discipleship…Yeh, we don’t really do that. We’ve…Read more Guest Post: Do we really care about discipleship?