Resources by Steve Bezner

Steve Bezner, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is Senior Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, Texas. He holds degrees from Hardin-Simmons University (B.A., M.A.) and Baylor University (Ph.D). Steve is married to Joy and has two sons—Ben and Andrew. He is a professionally trained Bonhoeffer scholar and a completely untrained amateur cook. You can follow Steve on Twitter via @bezner.

Apr 17

Why Christians Oppose Abortion

Theological and Sociological Reasons

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.

Aug 10, 2017

The Weight of Pastoral Glory by Steve Bezner

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.

Feb 23, 2016

The Thing About Old People by Steve Bezner

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?

Jun 2, 2015

The Spectacularly Ordinary Ministry of My Wife by Steve Bezner

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.

Sep 16, 2015

The Spectacle of Preaching by Steve Bezner

Over against the society enamored with spectacle, the church has been given something completely different.

Jan 14, 2016

The Slippery Slope of Vision Salesmanship

Casting Vision Without Feeling Icky

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.

May 23

The Language of Forgiveness by Steve Bezner

My problem? I tend to think God forgives like I do. 

May 5, 2016

The Idea That Changed the World by Steve Bezner

Have Christians oversold the position of “taking a stand?"

Jun 18, 2015

The Greatest Miracle Of All by Steve Bezner

The universe, as I understand logic, demands a creator. But I do not believe the universe itself to be the greatest miracle of all.

Aug 31, 2017

The Church, Politics, and Bonhoeffer's Way Forward - Part 3

Start at the Bottom and Work Your Way Lower

We prefer power. But oh, to find the beauty of service good again!

Aug 30, 2017

The Church, Politics, and Bonhoeffer's Way Forward - Part 2

The Kingdom Maker

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.

Aug 27

Steve Bezner on Who Has Influenced His Preaching the Most by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, Texas: "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"

Sep 4, 2018

Steve Bezner on What Difficult Thing in Life Has Taught Him the Most by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations 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?"

Apr 2

Steve Bezner on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Being a Pastor by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations 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?​"​

Sep 12

Steve Bezner on Pastors Leading Through Conflict by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor at Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX: "What should pastors remember when leading through times of conflict?"

Mar 8

Steve Bezner on Older Members and Church Changes by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

How do you prepare older or established members for significant change in a church?

Oct 26, 2018

Steve Bezner on Ministry In The Bible Belt by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

How has ministry in the Bible Belt changed in the last 10 years?

Dec 11, 2018

Steve Bezner on Maintaining a Culture of Community Within a Growing Church by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations asks Steve Bezner, lead pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?"

Jun 19, 2018

Spurgeon for Plumbers by Steve Bezner

There is no substitute for being present. There is no greater gift than helping another understand the Bible.

Aug 12

Shepherding Your Staff by Steve Bezner

Work to embed spiritual growth and vitality into your staff gatherings. 

Apr 25, 2015

Serving in Obscurity by Steve Bezner

I believe obscurity is good for Kingdom laborers, particularly pastors, and most especially newly up and coming pastors.

May 23, 2018

Please Clap: The Dangerous Addiction to Compliments by Steve Bezner

Believing the finished work of Jesus means believing that the gospel is all the approval and compliment we need.

Oct 7, 2016

Pastors, Stop Texting Your Church Members by Steve Bezner

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.

Jul 6, 2017

Pastor, Don't Forsake the Goodness of Deep Friendships by Steve Bezner

When taking the risk to develop deep friendships with others, I find that most of my deepest pastoral worries never comes to pass.

Nov 20, 2015

On Being Matt Chandler's Roommate by Steve Bezner

This is a story about two young men who were friends, roommates, and pastors. In other words, this is a story about jealousy.

Nov 3, 2016

In Pursuit of a Multi-Ethnic Church by Steve Bezner

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.

Mar 1, 2017

He Is Your Praise by Steve Bezner

God gave Jesus because Jesus is the highest form of praise I could ever receive.

Sep 19, 2017

Fervent for Grace by Steve Bezner

Grace, as it presents itself in the Incarnation, is love intentionally crossing barriers.

Sep 29, 2015

Cleverness and Wisdom by Steve Bezner

"So much content; so little wisdom."

May 9, 2015

Bonhoeffer and The Costly, Enjoyable Kingdom by Steve Bezner

I had loved God. I had served God. I had preached about God. I had studied God. But I had never enjoyed Him.

Jun 7, 2018

Be a Small Town Pastor by Steve Bezner

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.