Thursday, July 19, 2018

When Honor Becomes Toxic

Toxic honor. You’ve seen it. I know I have. In fact I’ve done it. The public introductions that went way too long, the private...

Don’t Let Ambitions Be The Victim Of “Humility”

When we’re talking about humility and ambition we’re usually talking about a spiritual crime scene.  Ambition starts out in business with humility, but doesn’t...

Can Ambition Be Truly Humble?

It was the elephant in the room. One just can’t write a book on ambition without facing the hulking presence of humility. In the...

Important Ministry Lessons Learned In 2014

In a phrase that is often used more than pondered, George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat...

A Prayer To Propel You Into The New Year

Whether you're an established pastor or just beginning your exploration of pastoral calling, let this prayer from The Valley of Vision encourage you. -- O Lord, Length of days...

I Feel Called to Ministry, But You Don’t Know What I’ve Done!

Have you ever wondered whether your past disqualifies you from ministry? Are there things you’ve done that make you think you’re unworthy to be...

The Cross & Busting Out Of The Inner Ring

Pastoral ministry is a study in irony. On one hand, it provides the opportunity for a guy to publicly use his gifts, be it...

The Call To Suffering

What comes to your mind when you consider the call to pastoral ministry? Preaching God’s truth to a rapt audience? Delivering dazzling doses of...

How Should A Pastor Assess Himself? Tim Keller and David Powlison Offer Some Wisdom

When we created this site, we created a specific pastoral assessment test to help potential pastors and potential church planters wrestle through the issue...

The Celebrity Pastor Problem: From Mars Hill To Me

It’s not about popularity, this celebrity thing. If that was the case, then Jesus himself could have been censured for having a public ministry...