The Ministry IV

Luke 6:27-38 | The Proper Mindset What happens when the good guys aren’t so good, and the bad guys aren’t so bad? This question has given rise to a type of character in literature and film called the antihero. Most of the time, this character has been based on comic book characters who were normalContinue reading “The Ministry IV”

The Ministry III

Part Three: The Proper Mindset Art has a way of looking at life and asking questions that sometimes are uncomfortable to ask. In 2002, a movie asked this question, what does a father who needs to get help for his son do when there is nothing else to do? The answer, according to the tagline:Continue reading “The Ministry III”

The Ministry II

Part Two: People to Minister With Working with teenagers is like walking a cat, you can take them outside, you can put a leash on them, but the odds are, they’ll just lay on the ground and play with the leash. Case in point, I decided that it would be bright idea to have aContinue reading “The Ministry II”

Red Herrings and Other Things that Don’t Smell Quite Right

I love a good mystery. And in my humble opinion, the best movies and series for that right now are on BBC (don’t worry this isn’t an advert). There have been a few good American series (Homicide: Life on the Streets comes to mind) but generally the Brits have us beat when it comes to […]

Tearing it Down to the Frame

Last week I had the privilege of writing an article for Um-Insight called Time to Look Under the Hood (click here to see the article). In it, I talked about the need “to figure out how much of the engine that we call the UMC needs replacing.” In the comments section below the article, aContinue reading “Tearing it Down to the Frame”

The Ministry I

Luke 4:1-13 | Part One: Preparing to Minister What is the ultimate test? I suppose it depends on who you ask and when ask them. If you asked the Spartans of ancient Greece, the answer would probably have to do with a great feat of strength and stamina performed in battle with an opponent ofContinue reading “The Ministry I”