A Challenging Question

Kathy Vestal recently asked a question that many avoid, yet one which should be addressed directly on a regular basis by those who seek to follow the way of Jesus:  Are we following the Church’s teachings more closely than we follow Jesus’ teachings?  So What? In an ideal world, perhaps one would simply assume the teachings of the church and those of Jesus would be identical or overlap so significantly that any attempts to differentiate the two would seem artificial.  In reality, church Read More …

The Only Jesus

I have heard people with widely divergent theological perspectives utter the same message on many occasions: you may be the only Jesus others see.  In the parish I serve, the senior minister often challenges the congregation to live into this truth. So What? For those who follow the way of Jesus, the quest should be a 24/7/365 venture.  How do the words "you may be the only Jesus someone sees today" inspire you to live out your faith?   Read More …

Review of Follow You Follow Me

Meet the Author John Voelz serves as one of two lead pastors at Westwinds Church (Jackson, MI), overseeing music and the arts. Given the topic of his first book, Follow You Follow Me: Why Social Networking is Essential to Ministry (2012), his Twitter profile offers a good introduction to who he understands himself to be: "Husband, Father, Poppie, Musician, Artist, Cartoon, Pastor at Westwinds, Writer, Painter, aggravator." Book Basics Voelz views himself as an "aggravator in the church Read More …

I Will Follow You Anywhere If . . .

Scott Williams is the Campus Pastor of the Northwest Oklahoma City Campus of LifeChurch.tv, which  launched three years ago and already has an average weekly worship attendance of over 3,500.  To connect with Williams, read his blog, watch him on YouTube,  follow him on Twitter, or friend him on Facebook. Earlier this week he shared his list of "10 Reasons People Will Follow A Leader Anywhere" 1. They have a mind of their own, not a “Yes Man or Yes Woman.” 2. They always maintain a high Read More …