One of the biggest struggles for many pastors is merging new congregants into a church. Think of it as adopting a child while already having several children. If you have children, you have a routine; you have lingo you use together; there are known expectations; and your family may work like a well-oiled machine. If… Continue reading What is Gospel-Centered, Jesus-Centered, Cross-Centered Theology? Part I
From what people tell me at the church I pastor, I have a lot of people praying for me. Prayer is a funny thing in that, often we don’t know what to pray for someone else, and it can turn into vain repetition. I thought it would be helpful to share with people how they… Continue reading Five Things to Pray for Your Pastor On Sunday Morning
I’m amazed at the amount of Facebook posts that I see about karma. They often come from people who are angry about what someone else has done. They hope someone else is punished for the injustice that was done to them or perceived to have been done to them. Does karma exist? What should the… Continue reading Christian Karma
Recently, I had the opportunity to share with Daren Dilts of the blog Active Manhood. He asked me to share some of my ideas about how to raise strong daughters. Please see his blog post here. Thanks for taking time to read this Maddening Theology post. If you enjoyed this content you can find Pastor Tim’s… Continue reading Strong Fathers Strong Daughters
Talk to anyone who has been a Christian for awhile and you will hear them say something like, “I’m not the person I used to be.” The statement they are making is a positive good. It’s a proclamation that they believe that God has worked in their lives in a way to better glorify Him,… Continue reading Do Christians Think Too Little of Atheists?
Recently I wrote an article on reclaiming beauty. There may be some foundational ideas there that you would need to understand before you read this article. Most of us know what cubism is but are unaware of the term that is connected to it. Before we define our terms, I want to take you to… Continue reading Cubism is Killing God
Everyone has an idea of what church should be like. Some people are looking for specific traditions or programs they believe the church needs in order for them to attend. Others have a long list of requirements, to the point that they will never find the “perfect” church they are looking for. So when someone… Continue reading Why Catechism?
In the fall of 2017 I hosted a “Bible Study Training Night.” Those who came saw it as very profitable, and I thought I would share this with you. Helping people understand their Bible for themselves is of key importance. Since every Christian should be pursuing to understand God and to better minister to others,… Continue reading A Serial Killer, My Wife, and a Drunk Stranger: Bible Study Part II Context
If you read ahead, the title is not as scary as it sounds. In the fall of 2017 I hosted a “Bible Study Training Night.” We spent over an hour studying one verse, Romans 8:28. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to… Continue reading Read Until You Bleed: Bible Study Part I
Several years ago I took a new position at work. I often joke about it as my forced promotion. The position that I left was one where I usually was in the same classroom all the time. I would often bring my leftovers from home those days and also kept spare tuna fish, soup and… Continue reading Fast Food Theology