A picture’s worth a thousand words #readwomen

We need more women in biblical studies Carmen Imes posted a telling photo on her personal blog recently. An Old Testament professor and author of a newly-contracted book with IVP Academic, she posted a photo of her personal library. With a twist.  All of the books authored by women she left spine out. All the … Continue reading A picture’s worth a thousand words #readwomen

Questions about the Creeds [Part 1] Did Jesus descend into hell?

One of the most puzzling articles in the Apostles' Creed is the sentence "he descended into hell, the third day rose again from the dead." As our congregation has started to study the creeds, confessions, and catechisms of the reformed tradition I've started to receive questions about what some of our confessions mean. What does this … Continue reading Questions about the Creeds [Part 1] Did Jesus descend into hell?

What is real influence?

It's been a slow week here at jeffgissing.com. My family is in San Diego enjoying some vacation time and celebrating the wedding of my brother-in-law. It has been a fun week--Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, the Science Museum! This week I've been reading Mel Lawrenz's Spiritual Influence: The Hidden Power behind Leadership. It's a great … Continue reading What is real influence?

26 Time management lessons…for pastors

This series of slides contains a wealth of knowledge about how pastors can work more effectively. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to start thinking of pastors as "non-profit executives" (this is a part, not the essence, of our calling). The critical work of pastoring--prayer, study, counseling--requires time. And in order to make time … Continue reading 26 Time management lessons…for pastors