READ IT, episode 3: In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week, Steve takes a look at Henri Nouwen’s beautiful book, In the Name of Jesus.     There are all sorts of guides out there, telling us what our church should look like, how we should... Read more »


READ IT, episode 2: Leading God’s People by Christopher Beeley

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week takes a look at Christopher Beeley’s Leading God’s People.       Don’t miss episode 2 of Steve Hall’s podcast READ IT! This week Steve takes a look at Christopher Beeley’s work on leadership with amazing... Read more »


From the Quote File

N.T. Wright on the implications of Romans 8 for our interpretation of the world. “The love of God, finally offers itself as the key to the truest mode of knowing—knowing about God, knowing about other people, knowing about the world, knowing about oneself. We have learned, often painfully, that when somebody seems to be offering... Read more »


From the Quote File 10.19.2014

Jesus’ first followers didn’t think, for a moment, that the Kingdom meant simply some new religious advice… Jesus’ first followers didn’t think, for a moment, that the Kingdom meant simply some new religious advice–an improved spirituality, a better code of morals, or a freshly crafted theology. They held to a stronger, and more dangerous, claim.... Read more »


READ IT, episode 1: Unapologetic by Francis Spufford

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week takes a look at Francis Spufford’s book, Unapologetic.   This week we are glad to introduce you to Steve Hall’s new podcast, Read It! We’re grateful to be hosting his weekly reviews of books worth reading... Read more »


From the Quote File 10.14.14

  “You cannot deal with a perfect, all-loving, all-forgiving, all-understanding God in heaven if you cannot deal with a less-than-perfect, less-than-forgiving, and less-than-understanding community here on earth. You cannot pretend to be dealing with an invisible God if you refuse to deal with a visible family. Concrete community is a nonnegotiable element within the spiritual... Read more »


Preaching through Fatigue

Fatigue happens. Here are four ways preachers can deal with it from Steve Hall. Moving Into the Pain My first week of full-time, paid ministry was exhausting. We moved to a new town for the job, and the apartment my wife and I moved into was unlivable, so we ended up moving twice in two... Read more »


From the Quote File

The Reformed Communion Pastors’ Forum includes a searchable channel of thousands quotes and illustrations. At least weekly we’ll post one or two of them here for your poaching.   “A teacher of mathematics who has tried to teach her pupils the elements of geometry will not be content until the pupil can see for himself... Read more »


Weekly Roundup

A weekly list of stuff I read, learned from or laughed at on the internet. Enjoy!     On the heels of Greg Thompson’s Cultivate 2014 appeal (download the audio or watch the video here!) to build new hospitable institutions and recover traditional pastoral spiritual practices at  C.C. Peckinold over at First Things holds up... Read more »


Worship Space Matters

Michael Subracko argues that the spaces in which we worship have a profound role in shaping our understanding of God and ourselves. In a blog post last year, Martin Swant argued that young people want to worship in old buildings because “it’s a wonderful thing to kind of reclaim, restore, and renew a place.” It’s a... Read more »