Should You Avoid Toxic People?

I told the people of Renovation Church last Sunday that I sometimes have the spiritual gift of being offensive so… here we go. Let’s tackle a controversial question: should you avoid toxic people? According to the many posts shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – toxic people are to be avoided at all costs. YouContinue reading “Should You Avoid Toxic People?”

From Affluence to Monasticism – The Story of St. Benedict

In my previous post, I briefly outlined the project I will be working on for my Doctor of Ministry at Sioux Falls Seminary. This project is rooted in a deep and practical study of an ancient rule known as “The Rule of St. Benedict.” In this post, I will provide a little more information onContinue reading “From Affluence to Monasticism – The Story of St. Benedict”

The Death of Pastoral Ministry

The majority of those who embark on the journey of pastoral ministry will end up being a statistic of burnout, depression, exhaustion, and bitterness. On average, seminary-trained pastors will last less than five years in pastoral ministry. This is a problem. Our current philosophy of ministry is killing the pastoral office. As many of youContinue reading “The Death of Pastoral Ministry”