Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Relationships With Christians

| July 23, 2014

Everyone has struggled with a relationship within the church.  It will always be a matter of time before you have a conflict with a brother or sister in the Lord.  There are numerous ways and reasons that conflicts start within the church.  Sadly, people seem shocked when conflict happens.  People have a neurotic expectation that [...]

Alignment and the 200 Barrier

| July 22, 2014

Castle Rock continues to grow.  The average attendance has grown from 171 to averaging 240 during the last couple of years.  With this shift, we are dealing with breaking the 200 barrier.  There are various elements involved with this issue.  But the biggest struggle is creating congregational alignment.  At a smaller size congregation, there is [...]

Review of “The E-Myth”

| July 21, 2014

This book is about building a business.  This might be a odd book to read as a minister, but there was many connection points that were helpful.  In regards to the organization of a congregation, this book was a valuable resource.  The best insights from this book was the role of the business owner.  The [...]

False Role of Holiness with Ministry

| July 18, 2014

This is another part of the book for ministers.  Hope you enjoy this short section.  It is part of the beginning of the text. In addition to the false concepts of the preacher’s role invading the church, there are circulating erroneous views of a minister’s holiness.  There can be debate over what constitutes acceptable morality [...]

Commandments of Dating

| July 16, 2014

I pulled off the shelf this old book.  It is called “The 10 Commandments of Dating.”  I remember buying it one summer to teach a class to teens on the topic.  I was a single intern for a congregation that summer, and since dating was plainly on my mind, I decided to have a class [...]

In House Love

| July 3, 2014

The Gospel of John focuses the love commandment on the community within Christ (13:34-35), while the other gospel accounts exhort disciples to love their neighbors and even their enemies (Mark 12:28-32, Matt. 22:34-40, and Luke 10:25-28).  But John speaks of in house love, calling Christians to love one another.  We could assume that this is [...]

Organization, Mobs, and Churches

| July 1, 2014

Churches must have organization.  People need a structured congregation.  This means that having elders, deacons, and ministers are valuable.  One of the major reasons is consistency.  You have to have order in a large group of people.  This brings security to people.  Even those who refuse to have order, often are only rejecting the present [...]

Review of “What Most Women Want”

| June 30, 2014

The conversation concerning the role of women in the church is popular.  Over the last few years, some of the lectureships within the churches of Christ have used a lady as a keynoter, or will be using a lady as a keynoter.  I must admit that this is shocking to me.  I would not have [...]

Godly Discipline as the Focus in Ministry

| June 26, 2014

A little background.  This chapter is from a book I wrote some years ago.  It was mostly my Thesis from my Freed-Hardeman days.  Having a preacher book published is hard work because of the limited audience, but looking after it, it seems to have some good things to say.  Here is a chapter from it. [...]

Most Important Skills for a Preacher

| June 24, 2014

This is an important question.  What are the most important skills for a preacher.  I would also guess that the skills change according to the congregation.  Also, the skills during one season of the congregation would change as the season changes.  The skill set of a minister in a large congregation would be different than [...]