Gilbert Tennent's Prescient Word

Gilbert Tennent was a leader of the Great Awakening, along with George Whitefield. In his sermon "The Dangers of an Unconverted Ministry" he (presciently) warned that failure to examine those who enter pastoral ministry regarding personal piety and a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ would endanger the effectiveness of the church. ---- And … Continue reading Gilbert Tennent's Prescient Word

The power of strategic disengagement

In their book The Power of Full Engagement Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz talk about "strategic disengagement." Strategic disengagement an intentional period of recovery that paves the way for re-engagement at a higher level. As in our muscles so in every area of life, growth occurs through periods of stress and recovery. The mantra "no pain, no … Continue reading The power of strategic disengagement

The sacraments and Christian maturity

I have a high view of the sacraments when compared with many who call themselves evangelical. So when I read Alan Jacobs reflection on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia I found much with which I agree while still considering myself thoroughly reformed. Jacobs quotes Francis: Because of forms of conditioning and mitigating factors, it is possible … Continue reading The sacraments and Christian maturity