Engaging Pastors – A Modest Proposal

About a week ago, I made a post on social media requesting some thoughts, reflections, and suggestions around the topic of engaging pastors for positions in churches (ie: the issue of hiring pastors). I’ve intentionally avoided the language of ‘hiring’ because I think it is both unbiblical and unhelpful. It assumes the pastor to be an employeeContinue reading “Engaging Pastors – A Modest Proposal”

Reflections on RC’s Life – 20 Lessons

Many of you will know that today (14th of December 2018) marks the 1-year anniversary of RC Sproul’s promotion to glory. I was reminded of this as I woke up this morning reading a few chapters of ‘Everyone is a Theologian’ in preparation for a summer theology reading group that I host in my homeContinue reading “Reflections on RC’s Life – 20 Lessons”

Lessons from Malaysia: Partnership through Proclamation

Sherilyn and I have had the privilege of spending a short week serving in and observing all the great things that God is doing in Malaysia. Our trip started off with a Sunday at City Discipleship Presbyterian Church – Puchong where I had the privilege to preach from 1 Peter 1, and it was remarkablyContinue reading “Lessons from Malaysia: Partnership through Proclamation”

Thinking Aloud: Church Buildings

A few years ago I wrote a post about church buildings which garnered a bit of discussion on social media. Some coming from a similar background (namely, Chinese churches) echoed my concerns and others suggested that I was too simplistic in my analysis. And to be fair, those disagreeing with me were probably right. After readingContinue reading “Thinking Aloud: Church Buildings”

Pausing with Pen and Paper

I’m not sure what it is like for you, but taking a pause from the busyness of life to spend time in God’s Word and prayer does not come easy for me. It is thus of little surprise that this activity oftentimes known as ‘Personal Devotion’ or ‘Quiet Times’ are described as spiritual disciplines. I’mContinue reading “Pausing with Pen and Paper”

Thinking Aloud: Pastoral Ministry and Efficiency

One of the lessons that I’ve been learning ‘in the flesh’ (as opposed to learning theoretically or by proximity) over the past few years of serving in pastoral ministry is that loving, serving, walking with, and caring for people takes a lot of time. As such, I find Jesus’ use of agricultural terms and themesContinue reading “Thinking Aloud: Pastoral Ministry and Efficiency”