Archive for January 2013

What Does it Mean to be a Christian?

What does it mean to be a Christian? For years I struggled to answer that question. My first attempt at an answer was that a Christian is one who affirms the truth of the Gospel. I figured if I could say “yes” to the Apostles’ Creed, I must be a Christian. Then it dawned on…

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Peterson's Memoir On the Life and Ministry of the Pastor

This past Christmas my children blessed me with Eugene H. Peterson’s memoir The Pastor. What a joy it has been, in the weeks since, to take a leisurely stroll through Peterson’s reflections on his life and ministry. What a blessed realization to hear echoes of his life and ministry in mine. While my present doesn’t…

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Pursuing God's Will Together: A Discernment Practice

Ruth Haley Barton, my colleague at Northern Seminary and the founder/director of The Transforming Center, recently wrote a book entitled Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups.  This past week I had the opportunity to read my copy, one graciously signed by the author.  In it I find some jewels on cultivating…

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Time to Re-Frame Spiritual Gift Assessment Tools and Inventories?

It may be time to re-frame spiritual gift assessment tools and inventories. For the past thirty years or more, Protestant congregations have enthusiastically embraced the apostle Paul’s teaching on spiritual gifts. In the process, they have affirmed the biblical promise that every Christian has been gifted by the Holy Spirit for service to Christ and…

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