Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Defeated Death

| April 17, 2014

Christ leads the way in resurrection as Adam led the way in death.  1 Corinthians 15:21-22 states “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.   For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”  It would be unwise to [...]

Review of “Sticky Teams”

| April 16, 2014

This is one of the best leadership books for churches in years.  I loved it.  My friend Tim Spivey has talked about this book for years, and finally I got around to reading it.  He is a great leader, and understands congregations better than most preachers.  So his recommendation meant something to me.  And boy, [...]

High Expectations

| April 15, 2014

The more I research congregations that are growing and thriving, the more I realize that one of the key elements is high expectations.  This is for both sides.  Thom Rainer wrote a book with the same title some years ago.  Congregations that are having people come into the congregation have expectations for membership classes, or [...]


| April 14, 2014

We come to the assembly to worship the Lord.  It is an important weekly activity for all of us.  We are predominately there to express thanks to God for all he has done for us.  Worship is an expression of gratitude.  This mindset should be rooted in our hearts and minds.  But there is another [...]

Review of “Contagious”

| April 2, 2014

I am always looking for ways to spread the message of the Gospel.  There are tons of evangelism books, but if you only read them, you only learn from church people doing church stuff.  I like to read broadly along the lines of having ideas spread.  This is the essences of evangelism.  So this book [...]

Matthew and Moses

| March 31, 2014

The Word of God is a wonderful tapestry of interwoven stories.  A good writer will us of foreshadows to give the reader a hint of what is to come later in the story.  The Bible which was written by about 40 writers over a period of 1500 years creates a unified picture through amazing foreshadowing.  [...]

Planning and Ministry

| March 27, 2014

A friend a mine takes a week each year to plan out sermons.  I love this idea.  But moving on to other areas of planning, this idea of being intentional in planning is huge.  The first confession is that I am not a planner.  But as Castle Rock continues to grow, I am feeling the [...]


| March 24, 2014

I believe in the promise of Romans 8:14: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  The Holy Spirit is leading us in life.  If the Spirit is not, we are not part of God’s family.  One will quickly agree that the Bible leads us.  There is no argument [...]

Speaking Engagements in the Church

| March 20, 2014

Some weeks ago, I saw a minister asking how to gain more speaking engagements.  Someone made a comment about some of the speaking engagements that he did recently, and the reality of the income that was produced.  The minister was thinking that more speaking engages will lead to a little extra income.  And everyone likes [...]

Review of “Talk Like Ted”

| March 19, 2014

Most people know I read a ton of preaching books.  I am always looking to improve my art.  There is no one book or style of preaching I follow.  I try to take the best parts of various styles, and blend them together to create “my voice.”  Also, I try to mix it up some [...]