Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Unexpected Fruit From Ministries

| September 27, 2012

While I was in Waynesboro, my co-minister Mitchell started a after school program.  It was called CSI, not the show, but the same letters.  It was a huge hit in the community.  We had between 50 to 70 children that participated.  It was on each Wednesday afternoon, with the goal of the children staying for [...]

Level of Frustration in Leaders

| September 25, 2012

It seems when I talk with ministers and elders these days, there is a lot of frustration sharing.  The elders are frustrated with the minister, and the minister is frustrated with the elders, and both are frustrated with the membership.  There seems to be a lot of these feelings going around the church.  People feel [...]

Visit From My Friend Greg

| September 20, 2012

This weekend my friend Greg Tidwell is visiting.  He is in town for the Bear Valley lectureship.  He is staying with my family and I.  We are so honored by his visit.  We will be hanging out and attending the lectureship, and eating lunch with an old friend Bart Warren.  It is awesome having him [...]

Maroon Peak Hike

| September 19, 2012

Yesterday at 1:00am, I got up to hike Maroon Peak with my friend Martin (AKA “The Mayhem”).  It was a 4.5 hour trip to the trailhead.  It was close to Aspen, Colorado, yes the famous one of Dumb and Dumber, ok maybe it is not famous just because of that movie.  There are three 14ers [...]

Overcoming Defensive Behavior

| September 17, 2012

Someone questions the preacher on some topic, the preacher feels the need to be right.  Someone mentions that the preacher only works on Sunday, he feels you have to prove them wrong.  Someone disagrees in class, the preacher cannot just move on.  These are all times in which a preacher can feel defensive.  He can [...]

Review of “Beyond Baptism”

| September 14, 2012

One of the classic complaints about churches of Christ is “we baptize them and we drop them.”  This complaint usually means that there is a ton of time and resources given to baptizing individuals, but there is spotty attention given to maturing these newly converted souls.  Many years ago, after being baptized, I was given [...]

Giving Back to Others

| September 13, 2012

For the last few days, we had the honor of having Rusty Pettus with us.  He is a recruiter for Heritage Christian University.  He had the opportunity to speak at the preacher’s lunch on Tuesday, and he hosted a group of 15 students from Bear Valley to tell them about the school.  It seemed to [...]

Reflections on Brown Trail Twelve Years Later

| September 10, 2012

Over the last couple of months, I have developed a relationship with J.J. Hendrix.  He works with the Brown Trail School of Preaching.  It has been some years since I have been at the school.  It seems almost hard to believe it has been 12 years since graduation.  A lot has changed about the school, [...]

Introducing a New Website on Sunday

| September 5, 2012

Over the last few months a new webpage has been in construction.  The congregation partnered with some professional help that specializes in creating beautiful webpages for churches.  The group developed the look and the graphics for the page.  The information was added that was specific for Castle Rock.  There was advice given on the direction [...]