One of the things I learned very quickly when I became a pastor is that you can’t make anybody believe anything. People will do exactly what they want to do, think exactly what they want to think, and believe exactly what they actually think is true. As a pastor, you can’t force or convince people … Continue reading Ministry Is a Buffet
What do we as Christian have to show those who see the way we behave? How can we make the presence of Christ real for those around us? We know who we’ve found and who we follow. Many around us haven’t seen him, and many around us have heard of him but don’t know him. … Continue reading Living Together in Times of Conflict
Praying for our enemies does not mean praying that they will slip on a banana peel or finally get what’s coming to them. It does not mean praying that our enemy will be transformed into someone different, someone we could get along with better. It does not mean praying that our enemies will come to … Continue reading How Praying for Enemies Changes Us
How do you feel about people who are different from you? We usually believe, intellectually at least, that diversity is a Good Thing. We like to get to know new people, to experience new and fresh things, and to appreciate new perspectives. It is fashionable to agree that diversity is good, or at least that … Continue reading Learning to Like Diversity
Church conflict has a purpose: to learn to love our enemies in a place where we can practice forgiveness, love, and prayer with our opponents. Brothers and sisters in Christ are family, and we can choose our friends but not our relatives. Conflict in the church is God’s training program to teach us to love … Continue reading Conflict in Church – Curse or Blessing?