Posts Tagged "Sabbath"

A Sabbath Rest and A Spiritual Battlefield (My Plans for the Future)

BeachI am posting this article simultaneously on both Dad in the Middle and Kidmin1124 as this announcement affects both sites.  It is with both a heavy heart and an excited anticipation for what God has next for me and my family that I make this announcement.   After much reflection, even more prayers, and soliciting the advice of some godly men and women, I have come to conclusion that it is time for me to step away (or at least draw back significantly) for a season from my online ministry activities.  Allow me first to explain why, secondly to explain what my new plan is and finally to explain what I intend to do with this season in my life.

Over the last year or so, I have been dealing with some health issues related to my back.  While acknowledging my complicity in what led to the problems in the first place, numerous brothers and sisters in Christ have helped me to understand that these issues may very well have been some sort of spiritual attack resulting from my online ministry efforts to equip and encourage those who are dedicated to helping guide kids into the Kingdom of Christ.  Thanks to God, our great and heavenly Physician, those issues have largely passed now with only minor lingering issues.  Once those health issues were miraculously healed by God, I was able to spend more and more time with my wife and family, and God began to make something abundantly clear to me.  Where I thought I had achieved balance in all of my activities, I found that my life was actually way out of balance, and my family was suffering for it.  I began to sense/realize that my family was also likely under spiritual attack, and I had been largely ignorant of, and oblivious to, it.  Over the last several weeks, I have wrestled with whether or not stepping away constitutes giving in and giving up in the spiritual battle.  Through prayer and seeking the advice that I mentioned earlier, I am confident that stepping away, while not easy, is the right thing for this season of my life.  God ordained the family as an important part of His plan, and my first priority must always be to protect my family and to find the balance that will allow me to effectively minister while not sacrificing the long-term health of my family.  While I was initially hesitant about making this decision, God has through a series of events and circumstances made it abundantly clear to me that this is the appropriate, right and god-honoring decision for both me and my family at this time.

So, here is what I am planning to do and what you will see from me online.  I have been contributing articles to Ministry-to-Children.com.  Tony Kummer has been gracious in allowing me to reach a vast audience through his sight, and for that I am extremely grateful.  For now though, unless clearly prompted otherwise by God to write something, those articles will stop.  Dad in the Middle was where I first started writing online, and has really been the vehicle through which I have made a large number of great contacts in children’s ministry and otherwise.  It is near and dear to my heart, and has been a vehicle to process my thoughts and share them with an audience of readers.  I will miss is greatly, but my intention is to a break from writing there as well.  Some articles are already scheduled and those will continue.  If I feel prompted to write short articles from time to time about my kids or what is going on at church, I might do that depending on time availability – but you will not see new content very often on that site either – not nearly the 7+ articles per week that I have averaged for roughly the last couple of years.  I have already promised some people that I would review their books and other products on the site, and I will keep those obligations.  I may also post some additional reviews over time as I find it to be a great way to keep track of what I am reading.  That said, you will likely not see the type of in depth articles that I have enjoyed posting for the last several years during this time of Sabbath.  Most regrettably, I have decided to suspend the monthly Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol, which while it is one of my favorite features of the site, consumes an inordinate amount of time.

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The Blog Patrol (April 28, 2009)

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Welcome to this week’s installment of “The Blog Patrol.” I’ve tried to get back to the basics with this weeks’ Blog Patrol. In past weeks I have included more links for each day, but my goal with this process has been to include only the best posts. The problem I have been having is that there are so many good posts out there. That said, I have done my best to pick the best of the best for inclusion in the Blog Patrol, and tried to accept that that means that some good posts will be excluded. I hope that this process will help to keep the Blog Patrol more concise and useful to you the reader. If you have any suggestions for blogs that have not been featured in the Blog Patrol, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to include in last week’s Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Are We Saying Anything Worth Saying?

  • Clayton King looks at the importance and goal of Biblical teaching.

Wednesday (April 22, 2009)

From TGC: Mark Driscoll on Avoiding Irreverent Babble in a Facebook, Blog-happy Culture

  • Steve Matthewson reports on Mark Driscoll’s talk from the Gospel Coalition. Apparently, Driscoll’s talk was a 40 point sermon on 2 Timothy 2:14-26.

From TGC: Tim Keller Takes on Cultural Idols

  • In this report, Matthewson looks at Tim Keller’s presentation on Acts 19:23-41 on discerning, exposing, and destroying the idols of our culture.

Not Just Good-Housekeeping: A Case for Christian Hospitality (Part 1)

  • John Starke starts a series on the call for Christian Hospitality.

Adoration that Offends

  • Tyler Kenny looks at why the exclusivity of the gospel offends.

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