By Joel A. Hess - In Jocko Willink’s wonderful book, “Extreme Ownership,” he begins with a story of the first significant time he failed as a leader of SEAL time expedition. He talks about it as a turning point in his understanding of taking ownership as a leader. More precisely, he realized the importance and … Continue reading Pastors: Stop blaming the Bride
By Joel A. Hess - Well, here it comes again. Lent. I used to say that this was my favorite time of year. It should be for a pastor, right? It’s time to get serious about the faith. Get back to basics. Restore the Roar. Those are just a some of our eye-popping, life-changing Lenten … Continue reading Hope you fail this Lent
By Joel A. Hess - Jesus wants to be found by those who look for Him. But to look for Him we have to get up and go out. @pontifex The leader of a good portion of Christendom tweeted the above tweet just a couple of days ago. Yes, I follow him because his twitter … Continue reading Jesus Doesn’t Play Hide and Go Seek
By Joel A. Hess - This past week, I watched my alma mater’s sports program completely implode. Unless you are Stephen Hawking, exclusively spending your time contemplating the universe, you probably have heard about the USA and MSU gymnastics doctor who molested over a hundred girls over the course of his career. Everyone agrees to … Continue reading If Your Sexual Ethics are Limited to Consent, This is What You Get
By Joel Hess - Everybody loves ‘forgiveness!’ Who would disagree with the importance and blessing of forgiveness? Sure, Christianity emphasizes it probably more than any other religion or philosophy. But it would be foolish to conclude Christians enjoy a monopoly on mercy, right? As I was preparing for last week’s sermon I thought I would … Continue reading Forgiveness Is Not For You!
By Joel A. Hess - "Nazareth! Is it possible for anything good to come from there?” (John 1:43-51). Nathaniel wasn’t mocking the idea. He truly never thought of Nazareth as a place of any significance. He quickly surveyed his memorization of Messianic quotes and came up with a blank. It wasn’t the tiniest of towns. … Continue reading God Only Welcomes People from S&%hole Countries
By Joel A. Hess - Christians routinely use the word “mystery” when explaining the faith. Often times when a believer is stuck in explaining a teaching, she is quick to conclude, “Well, it’s a mystery.” The Orthodox really love this word. It often times seems impossible to even discuss with them their understanding of things … Continue reading Christian Worship is no Mystery