Pastoral ego in leadership

Pastoral ego in leadership

Note: This entry by guest blogger Jonathan LaBarge When I think of ego in a pastoral context, I think of Peter. Peter, who was told by Jesus to “feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Peter, who swore he would do anything for Jesus (Luke 22:33). Peter, who was the rock on which...
The Kingdom: Who’s in charge?

The Kingdom: Who’s in charge?

As we in the United States observe President’s Day today, authority can be a challenging concept to understand. Who has it and why? Does it come from position? From character? From earning trust? How we answer these questions depends on our identity. If we are first...
Obedience and knowledge

Obedience and knowledge

The essence of discipleship is “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt 28:20a).  It’s not just about teaching knowledge, but about teaching obedience so people can live into what Jesus taught and how he lived. That’s the...
The seven commands of Jesus

The seven commands of Jesus

Below is a list of the seven commands of Jesus taught to the people of Honduras. They follow a Spanish acronym that isn’t present in the English translation. 1. Repent and believe 2. Be baptized 3. Love the people 4. Receive communion 5. Give 6. Pray 7. Teach Notice...
If you don’t learn, you don’t teach

If you don’t learn, you don’t teach

When I was in Honduras, I discovered that they define “learning” as something you actually put into practice, not as knowledge. That’s how they structure their training: 75% is practice, while only 25% is input. They figure– rightly, I think– that it’s...

Loving obedience

Often the term obedience connotes drudgery, lack of freedom, and having to do things we re-ally don’t want to do. That’s not what Jesus has in mind. When you love someone, it’s easy to do what pleases them. My wife loves Christmas lights. Is putting up Christmas...

Knowledge in service of character development

Jesus only trained people up to the point where they were already living out what they know. He gave his disciples a little bit to go on and expected them to act on it. (See Mark 9:14-29 or Luke 10:1-24 if you’d like an example.) Training people beyond their obedience...