Category: Reflections

  • Torn And Frayed: A Devotional For The Third Week In Lent

    Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. – Exodus 3:1 When we pick up the story of Moses here in Exodus chapter 3, he’s been on the run for some time. Born a Hebrew child […]

  • Lord, Have Mercy. A Devotional For The Second Week In Lent.

    How often I have desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you are not willing.– Jesus, Luke 13:34 Jesus spoke these words as a lament over the spiritual and religious confusion that had overtaken so many in Jerusalem. When we dig further into the story, we […]

  • Why We Observe Ash Wednesday

    A few weeks ago I was asked to participate in an interview about Independent Christian Churches who observe Ash Wednesday and Lent. The facilitator, Laura Hicks Hardy of Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Johnson City, TN), asked some great questions of each of us, portions of which were quoted in her subsequent article here. I have posted […]

  • The Pastor As Expert: A Cautionary Tale

    How much do we as pastors really know about the things we’re teaching our people? When I see a 25 year old doing a sermon series on marriage and family, I roll my eyes. That’s only because I’ve been married since 1995 and I feel superior (or vintage) being much further down the road. There’s […]

  • Unforeseen Lessons, Part 2: The Anxiety and Depression Cocktail

    Today’s post is from a chapter I wrote for a book titled, Ten Count (2016), a collaborative work from pastors across the country sharing their stories of failure and defeat. The title of this chapter is: “When The Levee Breaks”, and it is one of my many stories of dealing with anxiety and depression in […]

  • Unforeseen Lessons, Part 1: The Friendship Vacuum

    Unforeseen Lessons is a four-part series on certain realities of pastoral life that often come as a surprise to the leader, and what steps they can take to better walk through such things. Back in my undergrad days a professor of church leadership said to us, “Never trust the person who picks you up at […]

  • Maundy Thursday Resource

    Today is Maundy Thursday. It is a day when Christians across the world remember the Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before he died, a last supper among friends. We have prepared a simple resource to be used in an at-home communion setting. Simply gather together some bread and wine or […]

  • Gossip As Moral Discourse And Why We Should Let It Happen

    I just finished reading Richard Lischer’s Open Secrets, a memoir of his pastoral experiences in the small town of New Cana, Illinois. The whole thing is really good, but the chapter that challenged my imagination the most was the one titled, “Gossiping The Gospel.” It’s an unforeseen approach on the presence of gossip in the […]

  • Zoom Fatigue For The Win: Why We Chose Glitchy, Live Services Over YouTube

    NOTE: The following post was submitted by Joel Mooneyhan, Community & Formation Pastor of Atlanta Christian Church. It is the first in a series, so stay tuned! Like many churches, when the pandemic first emerged our small staff set to recreating a full, one-hour service in the form of a video that we would post […]