Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

A Person of Initiation

| May 30, 2012

Robert Clinton notes that the ability to initiate structure is one of the classic signs of leadership ability.[1]  This talent separates an active follower from a leader.  A member in the congregation can support a ministry, but the leader can create a structure to conduct a ministry.  This takes a vast amount of commitment.  On [...]

Effectively Using Wednesday Night Devotional/Invitation

| May 24, 2012

Most congregations have a mid-week Bible study time.  Often this time is given to Bible classes, and a time for a invitation or devotional that is given by the minister or someone else in the congregation.  You have about 5 to 10 minutes to deal with a topic or thought.  Most ministers do not use [...]

Review of “Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days”

| May 23, 2012

Paul Borden has another book on the market.  I first became aware of him during a class at Denver Seminary for the Doctorate of Ministry program.  I took one class there while I was getting my degree at Harding School of Theology.  It was an interesting experience, and looking back, it was not what I [...]

God Develops Leaders

| May 21, 2012

Jesus provides the basic modus of operation for a spiritual leader.  Matthew 20:26-28 states: It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, [...]

Review of “Making Your Life Count”

| May 17, 2012

There are authors, and then there are mentors.  Dennis Jones is more than an author within the churches of Christ; he is one of the best encouragers and leaders in the church.  He is the President of Heritage Christian University, one of the best schools I ever attended.  Dennis is one of those individuals who [...]

Review of “Don Cherry Hockey Stories Part 2″

| May 16, 2012

Yes, I read two volumes of this book.  The first one was excellent and the second one was just as excellent.  The only downside to this text is the last section with the reflections of the kids, not that the kids did a bad job, but rather you just love hearing Don tell stories.  For [...]

Answering to Amateurs: Learning Spiritual Submission

| May 10, 2012

The young minister graduates from a seminary within the churches of Christ.  He is excited about his first work.  He is highly trained, gifted in leadership, and realizes quickly that the weakest link on the eldership has more authority in the congregation than he does.  He submits to this because he is still young.  Years [...]

1st Century/21st Century Tension

| May 9, 2012

As a restorationist, there is this goal to restore the 1st century church to the 21st century world.  I believe in a pattern that is given in the inspired text to follow in order to be the church for this present culture.  You can call me a patternist, a primitivist, or a legalist, just not [...]

The Leadership Testing of God

| May 8, 2012

Jeremiah 12:5 proclaims “If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses?  And if in a safe land you are so trusting, what will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?”  I love this verse.  All ministers go through difficult times.  It might be [...]

Review of “The Great Evangelical Disaster”

| May 7, 2012

You feel that this book was written in 2012, but in reality it was penned 1984.  The content of the book is so relevant to the religious culture in America; you feel that the author had the ability to predict the future.  Even in the 1980’s the author was discussing the moral decline of the [...]