The Blog Is Dead; Long Live The Blog

 Photo by  Joshua Ness  on  Unsplash

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

Around the internets, I’ve seen comments that blogging is on its way out. That being the case, I’ve decided it’s the perfect time to get back into it. You’ll thank me for my future-focused mindset and bucking the trends…. if the blog lives. 

In memoriam of the blog, he’s an “Everything That’s On My Mind (Almost)” list.

  1. Is it baseball season yet? I like what the Giants have been doing in their offseason to shore up the roster. January is a long dark month on the hot stove. 
  2. The #BCSPasCon18 was great this year. So much helpful on the Spirit and his ministry in my life, and in the church. Dr. Piper’s last plenary session was of particular help to me. 
  3. I’m concurrently preaching in Mark, writing a sermon from Psalm 119, and crafting a sermon series in the summer on the life of Samuel. 
  4. Gospel-Centered Discipleship had a great year. I’m excited about the future and the continued development of the resources and writing God has entrusted to us.
  5. Why does the eye doctor punish you for seeing well by dilating your pupils? 
  6. E.B. White now graces my site header. This picture inspires and astounds me. I’d love to have a shack to write in just like that. 
  7. Favorite vinyl right now? Over the Rhine Drunkard’s Prayer, War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding, U2 Songs of Experience.
  8. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Preachers and Preaching is essential reading for anyone who aspires to stand in the pulpit and declare God’s Word. 
  9. Eagles by 5.
  10. I pray for no more snow this year. 
  11. I'm staring at you Long's Peak... this summer, let's meet.  

 

Everything That's On My Mind (Almost) - Sept 6, 2016

  • Reading Why Write? by Mark Edmundson lately. Gotta figure out how to wake the muse.
  • Football season is here. I love college football! 
  • My children are "back to school" today. It's been a good summer, but the third grade calls.
  • I was asked to teach Latin this year. "ikay Okay".
  • The degree in which we attempt to make discipleship a formula is the degree in which we disconnect discipleship from relationship. 
  • I am more convinced that the more the evangelical church ignores the doctrine of Union with Christ the more likely we are to make up other things to mark our "holiness". 
  • I love how Stephanie jumps in fright watching Stranger Things. 
  • So far Need to Breathe's HARDLOVE is the album of the year. 
  • I think my fantasy football teams will be abysmal this year. Actually I'm pretty confident they will.
  • I'm grateful for the pastors that see far beyond attendance numbers and budget size into the very heart of the gospel – people being formed into the image of Christ. 

Everything That’s On My Mind (Almost) - Oct 10, 2015

  1. My wife is gone this weekend for a women’s retreat and I have the kids. Pray!
  2. My little girl is eight tomorrow. How did this happen? Next thing I know a boy is going to show up and want to take her to dinner. I’ll slash his tires.
  3. Somehow, I am now a “staff writer” for two different websites. Deadlines loom.
  4. Work hard at getting fresh views of Christ. That’s the only way we’ll change.
  5. I’ll admit that I’ve got my dad with me this weekend, so I have reinforcements. We’ll live (and eat like kings!).
  6. SF Giants are out (it’s an odd-numbered year), the Denver Broncos are undefeated (but look really suspect), Mizzou football is really suspect. So it’s going to be a disappointing sports winter.
  7. I feel like there is a “season” button for Michigan - no sooner does the actual season change and the weather does whatever it’s supposed to for that season. Unreal!
  8. Ronin Sushi in Royal Oak. Yes!
  9. Why is everyone up in arms about selfies? Instagram wasn’t the inventor of them. I’ve been taking selfies with every camera I can find for years!
  10. Read J.C. Ryle - like seriously! Get his Expository Thoughts on any one of the Gospel’s and just work your way through them.

Everything That's On My Mind (Almost) - Pastoral Wisdom

Just over a month ago our family moved to Michigan and began working with Woodside Bible Church to launch the tenth and newest campus in the city of Plymouth. It’s been a great season for us so far and we’ve seen the deepest works of God’s grace. Yesterday was our “All Staff” meeting where all the staff from the ten Woodside campuses gather together to hear vision, build up one another, and see how God is at work all over Woodside. Yesterday’s meeting also included our Senior Pastor, Doug Schmidt interviewing the pastor that he followed, David Anderson. One of the things that I value most is learning from older men in ministry. As David spoke he fired off tweet-like counsel and reflections that were a deep benefit for me. Here’s a few of the nuggests of his counsel that I gleaned yesterday:

  • Time is your friend, lead well by building consensus. 
  • Pray more - you will never regret spending more time in prayer.
  • Train individuals - don’t just leave your disciple-making to the pulpit.
  • Be prepared - start working in the word now!
  • You can sheer a sheep many times, but you can only skin a sheep once.
  • Be careful and wise as a pastor.
  • You have a ministry, not a job. Job’s are 8-5, ministry is 24/7
  • Build trust wherever you can. People need to know they can open their heart to you.
  • Invest in people, don’t use them. They are not stepping stones to build your little kingdom.
  • Love your family well.
  • Go on vacation.
  • Do the next obvious thing for the glory of God.

I love these thoughts and am grateful for opportunities to learn from faithful and fruitful pastors who have run the race well. May that be true of me as well.