Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

The Creativity Process in Preaching

| April 30, 2012

Often a preacher believes that the job of preaching is finished by merely stating words.  As long as he preaches truth, God is pleased and the congregation is happy.  Any focus on style or form is needless because the passing of information is all that it takes to preach.  This is a short sighted idea.  Jesus did [...]

By the Side of the Cross

| April 26, 2012

There is always this advice from preachers to preachers about always allowing the cross to shine through in preaching.  It is usually given by saying “never stand in front of the cross.”  ”Good preaching removes the preacher.”  This advice comes from one’s metaphor for the preacher.  A metaphor is someone’s under-riding idea of the role of the preacher. [...]

Back From The Magic Kingdom

| April 25, 2012

Probably few noticed.  Maybe the one or two people who check out this blog, but it has been a while since the last post.  It was not that I stopped blogging, which is the case for some bloggers in this world, rather it was because I have been on vacation.  This year the whole family [...]

Aubrey Johnson and Dynamic Deacons Seminar

| April 16, 2012

This was a wonderful weekend for the Castle Rock and Tri-Lakes congregations.  We partnered together to bring in Aubrey Johnson who is a well known speaker and author in the church.  He has written many books which are published by the Gospel Advocate.  He addressed the deacons on Friday and Saturday.  During this time, my [...]

Dynamic Deacon’s Seminar with Tri-Lakes

| April 12, 2012

This weekend the Castle Rock church of Christ and the Tri-Lakes church of Christ are coming together to host a Dynamic Deacon’s seminar with Aubrey Johnson.  We are highly excited about this opportunity as we have heard wonderful reports about this time.  Aubrey is a top notch author with the Gospel Advocate, and a highly [...]

Seven Year Sabbaticals

| April 11, 2012

It seems that more and more congregations are providing a sabbatical for the minister.  It seems that seven years of faithful service with a congregation is the marker.  These times can be from 3 weeks to 2 months.  I like these ideas because it is something to look forward to in a ministry with a [...]

A Person of Vision

| April 9, 2012

The number one theme through most leadership books is the leader’s ability to cast vision. A leader can picture a positive future, an Active Follower can mostly participate in the tasks of an organization. This dynamic separates the two groups.  Since there is an abundance of material on casting vision in a congregation, this comes [...]

A Person of Influence

| April 5, 2012

A leader is influential.  John Maxwell states “If you do not have influence, you will never be able to lead others.”[1]  In a congregational setting, the use of influence is essential.  Perhaps, in a secular organization in which there are various motivators to secure cooperation from people, such as promotion, raises, company perks, and the [...]

Review of “Liars and Outliers”

| April 3, 2012

This is a fascinating book.  It is dealing with how trust is established and broken in a society.  It talks about the fight for dominance in society, and the principle of those who break the rules, and those who submit to the rules.  He uses the terms of dove and eagles.  One groups lives at peace with each [...]

Issues And Love

| April 2, 2012

As preachers, we have all heard the story of the minister who said something wrong in the sermon on Sunday, and on Monday was fired.  Not sure I met someone in which this happened, but the story is told over and over again.  This is an example of the Issue and Love chart.  On the [...]