The Pain of Discontinuous Change

The Pain of Discontinuous Change

What do you do when the world you’re living in is turned upside down? As a pastor, I’ve thought a lot about this over the years.  The world we live in is not the world we were prepared for.  The kind of ministry we tend to do is designed for a world that no longer…

Call Me Mr. Arrogant

Call Me “Mr. Arrogant”

You can just call me Mr. Arrogant.  Or Captain Cocky.  Ooh, or how about Pastor Proud! Yep, there’s a lot of arrogance in me. “But, wait, Markus.  Didn’t you tell us in your last blog post that you struggled with feeling like you weren’t enough?” I did.  And here’s the crazy part.  Arrogance is really…

Am I Enough

Am I Enough?

Am I enough?  Nope. At least that’s how I often feel.  And I have lived with this feeling of being “not enough” for most of my life. As a kid, I always felt like I was on the outside looking in.  I felt like I wasn’t cool enough, or athletic enough, or smart enough, or…

Logos 9 Bible Study Software Review

Logos 9 Bible Study Software Review

Logos 9 Bible study software offers some really great features and improvements over Logos 8.  But the short of it is this:  Logos 9 helps you craft really great sermons! I’m going to keep this short, so I’m just going to share with you two of my favorite features. (Click HERE if you want to…

The End of Us vs. Them

The End of “Us” vs. “Them”

“Us” vs. “Them.”  It’s how most people see the world.  Another word for this is tribalism.  And, apparently, tribalism comes quite naturally to us.  Here’s what a study titled Tribalism Is Human Nature says: Humans evolved in the context of intense intergroup competition, and groups comprised of loyal members more often succeeded than those that…