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Reflections on My First Year in Ministry

Yesterday, December 27, marked one year exactly since I'd left my job at  corporate American working in Nashville, TN to enter full-time ministry at FBC Dickson, TN.  It was a big adjustment for my family and I for a lot of reasons.  I went from spending 2 hours a day on the road commuting to eliminating that altogether since I live just 5 minutes away from the church.  I went from being able to spend about 2 hours a day with my kids to now spending 4-5 hours a day with them and seeing them most everyday for lunch.  But the biggest change was the work itself.  I went from having a career to answering a calling.  Here are the 3 big things I learned in my first year. 1. The work of the ministry can never be left in the office Ministry isn't a 9-5 job (if those even exist anymore).  When working for corporate America, when 5pm came, I shut the job down, commuted home, and rarely did I do any work from home.  With ministry, I am always thinking about it and always on call.  I d

What Advent is For: A Poem

It's been a very fast paced and crazy year.  But these days it seems every year is.  There's no shortage of ups or downs, catastrophes, shootings, or political and social unrest. There is also too much to be done and not enough time to do it all.  I bring on a lot of crazy stuff myself.  I often think I don't have time to do things, but the reality is that I spend too much time on stuff that doesn't matter like my phone or the internet.  I care way too much about sports than I should and watch way more than I should.  Top it all off, I am (at least I feel like it) the world's worst procrastinator.  And I am picky about what I procrastinate on typically putting off things I don't want to do and then rush to get them done (or, in some cases, just don't do them at all). That is why I am so grateful for this time of year.  I get to put all the crazy aside and refocus on one all-important thing, the incarnation of Christ.  While the rest of the world was sleepi

Christlikeness: The Goal of Every Believer

I once heard a preacher say to his congregation that his goal for his people was to help them become the best version of themselves they can be.  His point was that, with Jesus' help, they could become the best person they could possibly be.  Immediately on hearing that a warning siren went off in my head.  Is it even a biblical idea that Jesus wants you to become the best you you can be?  It is true that Jesus accepts me as I am, but is it his goal to just patch me up or to transform me?  The Bible says that in Christ we are new creations (2 Cor. 5:17).  Jesus said that those who would follow him must first deny themselves (Mark 8:34).  It seems to me as if the Bible is saying that in order to follow Jesus you must reject who you are without Him, embrace Him, and allow him to transform you into something new.  The most startling passage about this transformation is Romans 8:29.  It says, "For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son...&q