When Christians oppose abortion, they are beginning with the fundamental belief that humans are the capstone of creation, created in the image of God, and therefore ought to be preserved.
The point of pastoring, I think, is to take people who think they can rescue the world, and remind them that the burden is too heavy for them to carry alone.
If there is one common question I receive from young or new pastors, it is this: How do I lead the senior adults in my church?
At root, I think a move of the gospel requires many more ordinary moments than we realize—and far fewer grand gatherings. It is in the little moments, the simple times of meals and working and expressing kindness that Jesus is displayed. Such moments are, after all, much more poignant than any sort of spectacle we might produce.
Over against the society enamored with spectacle, the church has been given something completely different.
I wanted to find a way to lead my church to do the things the Bible commanded us to do, but I wanted to stay away from embracing behaviors that were too forced, too pushy, too…icky. Which led me to some guiding practices. I’ve used this over the last six years, and they have helped me be faithful in leading our church without compromising my integrity.
My problem? I tend to think God forgives like I do.
Have Christians oversold the position of “taking a stand?"
The universe, as I understand logic, demands a creator. But I do not believe the universe itself to be the greatest miracle of all.
We prefer power. But oh, to find the beauty of service good again!
The goal is not for Christians to seize power through political maneuvering, but it is instead for Christians to model how the Kingdom of God subverts and redeems power.
Each king must have a prophet.
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, Texas: "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "What’s the most difficult thing in your life that has taught you the most?"
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?"
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor at Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX: "What should pastors remember when leading through times of conflict?"
How do you prepare older or established members for significant change in a church?
How has ministry in the Bible Belt changed in the last 10 years?
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, lead pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?"
There is no substitute for being present. There is no greater gift than helping another understand the Bible.
Work to embed spiritual growth and vitality into your staff gatherings.
I believe obscurity is good for Kingdom laborers, particularly pastors, and most especially newly up and coming pastors.
Believing the finished work of Jesus means believing that the gospel is all the approval and compliment we need.
I've come to recognize that while there are times to use digital communication, there are also plenty of times to move in a different direction. Here are a few principles I’ve discovered for my own pastoral ministry.
When taking the risk to develop deep friendships with others, I find that most of my deepest pastoral worries never comes to pass.
This is a story about two young men who were friends, roommates, and pastors. In other words, this is a story about jealousy.
Until the day every nation, tribe, and tongue confesses Jesus as Lord, we hope to strive to become more intentional in our pursuits of a multi-ethnic church. I hope you will join us.
I’m a recovering information addict.
God gave Jesus because Jesus is the highest form of praise I could ever receive.
Grace, as it presents itself in the Incarnation, is love intentionally crossing barriers.
"So much content; so little wisdom."
I had loved God. I had served God. I had preached about God. I had studied God. But I had never enjoyed Him.
There is a lot of necessity in the rural church. There is less money and fewer bells and whistles. But the Spirit is there. And the gospel is universally applicable.