The will of God isn’t a special direction here or a bit of secret knowledge there. God doesn’t put us in a maze, turn out the lights, and tell us, “Get out and good luck.” In one sense, we trust in the will of God as His sovereign plan for our future. In another sense, we obey the will of God as His good word for our lives. In no sense should we be scrambling around trying to turn to the right page in our personal choose-your-own-adventure novel.

Kevin DeYoung
Just Do Something (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014)

Working Toward Effective Time Management

A recent post by Eric Geiger directed attention to a video by Jim Baker, former Executive Pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church just outside of Nashville. In this video he shares some helpful thoughts on how pastors, or really any leaders, can manage their time well and be effective organizational leaders. Lack of effective time management is a chronic problem for pastors and parishioners alike.

The questions is: what are you going to do about it?

Crazy Busy book

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013)

Recently I’ve come to this realization:

To disable us the Enemy doesn’t need to all-out destroy us, he just needs to distract us.”

We are living in an entirely distracted, disjointed, and attention-deficient society. One of the key resources that has helped me in this area personally and ministerially is this short (128 pages) book by Pastor Kevin DeYoung called Crazy Busy.

It doesn’t delve deeply into mechanics and methodologies.

Of course, we will not give God that which costs us nothing. Yet in the final analysis there are no great preachers. There’s only a great Christ who does startling things when we place ourselves and our preaching in his hands.

Haddon Robinson