Showing posts from January, 2014

Leadership and Preaching 1

It is imperative that a pastor be able not only to preach to a congregation but to lead and relate well to that congregation (Aubrey Malphurs, Advanced Strategic Planning, p.9).

I'm writing a dissertation at the moment on the relationship between leadership and preaching.  In part it is inspired by quotes like the one above. The book by Malphurs is pretty good, but somehow it seems that most current Christian leadership material doesn't link the roles of preaching and leading and that can't be right.

Christ governs his people by the written word preached by preachers (Christopher Ash, The Priority of Preaching, p.30).

I think the above quote is theologically closer to the mark.  In other words, leadership is dependent on preaching.  However, I wonder if the risk is that we think all we need to do is preach (which I don't think is what Ash is saying).

So the dissertation is about teasing out some of those questions a bit.  More will be forthcoming, as I think of it!!!

February Magazine Article

So this is the article for next month's magazine.
Jesus is Lord
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NIV)
A few years ago now, within some Christian circles, there was an acronym going round: WWJD. It stood for What Would Jesus Do and it was a way of trying to get Christians to live with Jesus as Lord, i.e. to live as he wanted them to live. As the verse above from Romans shows, this goal is at the heart of the Christian faith. This verse is perhaps one of the shortest creeds or summaries of the Christian faith and at its heart is: Jesus is Lord.
The title of Lord is used for Jesus throughout the New Testament. Part of the background to this is that Jesus is God (it is the same word that Greek speakers used for God in the Old Testament). One aspect of this, is that Jesus is the one in charge. Perhaps three areas could be considered. He is Lord of us, if w…

January Magazine Article

A little bit late in the day, but this was my church magazine article for January.  Maybe you've already broken the resolutions!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction... The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.(Proverbs 1:7; 9:10 NIV)
New Year is traditionally the time for resolutions and of course a couple of weeks into New Year is traditionally the time for broken resolutions! But even if you're not one for making New Year resolutions, the New Year is a time where we naturally set new goals. I want to suggest a goal for 2014 that is more important than losing a few pounds or doing a bit more exercise. I want to suggest that in 2014 you make it your goal to be wise, which Proverbs tells us starts with fearing the LORD.
Wisdom in the Bible isn't just being clever or having lots of facts at your finger-tips. Wisdom is understanding God's world and how …