- Published on May 6, 2016
All through history, people have had to choose between acting according to principle and acting according to pragmatism.
When we act according to principle, we do what is right, regardless of the consequences.
When we act according to pragmatism, we do what we believe will give us the results we want to see. “The ends justify the means” is the ultimate in pragmatic philosophy.
Which is right? Do we act according to principle and endure possible shame, ridicule, and harm? Or, do we be pragmatic, doing what we need to do in order to get the results we want to see – regardless whether it violates our conscience, morality, or ethics?
- Published on October 22, 2015
It's easy to become "weary in well doing" during those long stretches of ministry when we don't see any fruit. We know intellectually that God did not call us to labor just when we "see" fruit, yet it is so encouraging when He does reveal something to us.
I Corinthians 4:4-5 tells us that we should not pass judgement on our work too soon.
For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
If we are doing what God wants us to do, then we are generating fruit, whether we see it or not. A faithless society and a faithless religion must see fruit to think it is accomplishing anything, but we set pragmatism aside when we step into the ministry roles to which God has called us.
- Published on October 17, 2015
One of the blessings God has given me as I have travelled over the last 20 months or so has been the privilege of meeting many of the people with whom I have corresponded by email over the last few years. I have "met" so many good people through my work with FundamentalTop500.com and Fundamental.org over the last 20 years, but our contact has been almost entirely by email, until now. One of the "little joys" for me has been to finally meet many of these people face-to-face.
- Published on October 5, 2015
I hate being limited. When I want to do something, I want to be able to just go do it. Yet, I look around and see all kinds of limitations on my life.
Some of these limitations are put there by God. I have seen many times in the past where God has limited me by circumstances in order to protect me from something.
- Published on June 18, 2015
I pastored for over twelve years before going “on the road” to raise support for our new church planting project. As a pastor, my experience with missionaries has been overwhelmingly positive, and as a “missionary,” my experience with pastors and churches has been 100% positive. I have not had a bad church visit, yet.
However, as I talk with and fellowship with other missionaries, there are some common (and some not-so-common) things that many wish they could communicate to pastors.
- Published on June 17, 2015
My experience with missionaries during my time as pastor was very positive. During my time "on the road," I have been able to talk with many pastors, who have shared their experiences with missionaries. Again, the experience of most pastors is very positive -- but every pastor has one or two stories of things that went very wrong with visiting missionaries. Below are pieces of advice culled not only from my own time as pastor but also from numerous pastors I have visited with and fellowshipped with. A missionary who takes these things to heart will avoid many potential problems as they visit churches.
- Published on June 9, 2015
God has been so good.
Since leaving Maine again in early April, God has given us one good meeting after another. Everywhere we go, the Spirit is already there preparing the way and ordering our steps.