“Not every Christian man with an entrepreneurial spirit and a gift for speaking should be a pastor.
I say this kindly—if your drive is not to feed the sheep, please quit. You may have missed your calling. Your gifts could be used more effectively elsewhere, perhaps for starting a business or a nonprofit.
We don’t need any more salesmen in the pulpit. We need tenders of the sheep. We need shepherds up to their elbows in Christ’s little lambs.
Pastor, if you do not get to the end of your week without at least a little wool on your jacket, you might not be a shepherd.”~ Jared C. Wilson
“Our Father is not accusatory by nature.
If He were, He wouldn’t have sent His only Son to die on a cross to redeem us, to buy us back.
He would have simply pointed a finger and said, ‘I told you so.’ ”~ Craig Jutila
We all experience rejection on some level. Thankfully, Jesus can relate.
“What I notice a lot every day in the Christian spheres of social media is just how incredibly adept we evangelicals are at doctrinal criticism, cultural rebuke, theological analysis, biblical exegesis, apologetic and ethical debates, pithy spiritual bon mots, religious advice, and of course the use of quotations from Christian leaders present and past.
But what seems less prevalent is love for Jesus.”~ Jared C. Wilson
“If we see the purpose of preaching as primarily instructing, then it will be confined to an individual exercise, a responsibility granted only to the most biblically educated, articulate, and proficient in the congregation.
But if we believe preaching is primarily the announcing of the kingdom, an unveiling of a vision of God’s glorious reign and our life in it, then the responsibility to preach cannot lie solely with the pastor.
It properly belongs with all of God’s people—even ignorant fishermen.”~ Skye Jethani
“In the economy of God’s kingdom, there is not a single thought, feeling, or moment that is lost. Nothing is unseen or unrecorded. God is our witness.
But as church leaders, we are tempted, perhaps more than others, to believe that our value is defined by the visible, quantifiable, and tweet-able aspects of our lives. How many came? How many followed? How many liked?
This is a soul-crushing mistake, and is perhaps why we struggle with prayer.
Prayer, which is our private communion with God, is not something others can see. In prayer only God is our witness, and in prayer only God is our reward.”~ Skye Jethani
“Most of us strive toward the eternal life of celebrity, but live closer to the second death of obscurity, and in this struggle we’ve come to see social media as a savior.”~ Skye Jethani
“The fear of living an insignificant life resonates with many of us, but in our exhibitionist culture we’ve been formed to believe that significance comes from being noticed.
This explains both our culture’s deification of celebrities and disregard for the unborn.
Celebrities are valued merely because they are seen by millions, while unborn babies are unvalued because they haven’t yet been seen by anyone.
Our culture has embraced the cliche that out of sight really is out of mind.”~ Skye Jethani
“In our society, the only value an object has is the value I give it. A commodity exists to satisfy my desire and supply my needs—nothing more.
Because consumerism has formed us to engage both goods and people this way, it should surprise no one that in our culture God also has no value apart from what He can do for me.”~ Skye Jethani
“Sadly, as our culture’s capacity to engage and maintain meaningful relationships has deteriorated, we have seen a rise in popularity-based rather than proximity-based authority.
And the same trend is evident within the church.
Just because someone has a large platform or ministry, or has sold millions of books, doesn’t mean we should automatically grant them authority over our life, faith, or congregation.
As many entertainers, politicians, and church leaders have proven, it is possible to build a large platform and yet lack the character or competency to faithfully wield it.”~ Skye Jethani
“If the Bible and history have taught us anything, it’s that God is notoriously uncooperative at our attempts at controlling Him.
We want to contain Him, institutionalize Him, and systematize Him so that we can ultimately understand, predict, and control Him. So, when the Lord does something unexpected, when He complicates our life or our world, it’s a reminder that control is an illusion. We never had it, and we never will.
That awareness is a gift.”~ Skye Jethani
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“Any leader who is unwilling to transfer power to others has a failed view of the incarnation.
Jesus Christ, who is fully God, voluntarily curtailed dimensions of his deity behind the veil of his humanity so that he might walk with and die for us.”~ Bryan Loritts