One-on-one conversations, heart to heart talk seem to be rare these days though one will say that the connection is never lost and that communicating through the internet and social media is better th… Burdens can range from personal problems to current events on a national or global level and the Bible teaches people how to deal with it through Christ. Former lesbian-turned-believer of God Jackie Hill Perry warns Christians against dating and having relationships with non-believers. The question on whether women should be allowed to take the pastoral role is a controversial issue in the churches today. But a minister argued that though he acknowledges the importance of women in t… Noting the country's rapid moral decline, a minister highlighted the significance of pastors who will speak the truth of God's Word.
Jesus wants us to be a faithful and wise worker. God entrusts each of us with a precious task. God is glorified through what He has entrusted to us. Jesus said, “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” (Jn 17:4). Workers work. About 20 years ago, a church member was considered active in the church if he or she attended three times a week. Today, a church member is considered active in the church if he or she attends three times a month. Something is wrong with this picture. For 2,000 years, the local church, as messy as i… An encounter with someone is a mystery. Also an encounter is an event of grace. Our lives are enriched through encounters. A new encounter opens up a new world. What are some of the major changes that have taken place in congregations that are doing relatively well? What are some of the ways these congregations have adapted to new realities? Here is a hint: None of the changes in healthy churches have compromised doctrine, diminished the centrality of preac… While visiting Korea, I had a fond reunion with my grandmother, one hundred and three years young, after nearly ten years of not seeing her. I usually visit Korea once or twice a year, but being busily engaged I always had no time to see her. This time I was able to visit her at the hospital for the… In an earlier post, I talked about how our churches can become more intentional about doing real ministry instead of busy work. But in this article, I address how churches became so busy. Perhaps understanding the origins of dysfunctional busyness will help churches avoid this problem in the future. I have been thinking and learning a lot during my short visit to the motherland. I learned especially a lot through a documentary film about the beautiful life of Missionary Seo-Pyeong Seo (Elisabeth J. Shepping). I have been following these long-tenured pastors for years. And I have seen consistently seven patterns, or habits, in their lives. You must stop for a while when you experience violent wavering in your life. When you are violently wavering, you must follow God’s guidance as if you were following the instructions of the captain on an airplane. Just as you leave everything to the captain on the plane, you must leave everything … I love pastors. I respect pastors. No, they aren’t perfect. Indeed, they often have many struggles and challenges. As I reviewed the thousands of comments I have heard from pastors, I began to see a pattern of silent expressions.