Vere Archive

Vere Archive

Commissioned for the Frontline (Everyday Ministry Matters)

Can you imagine a business where 70% of the employees can’t connect how their daily work contributes to the company’s overall mission? If that were the case, odds are that business would soon be out of business! Yet sadly that’s the state of the church in America today. According to recent research by Barna, “70% of Christians do not see how their work serves God’s purposes.” Yet 93% of pastors have said that helping their people integrate their faith and…

The Problem with Elevating Pastoral Ministry Above Other Ministries – “What Ministry Might That Be?”

Several years ago I was sitting in the pew on Sunday morning at historic All Souls Church in central London listening to John Stott preach.  To illustrate a point, he recounted a conversation with a friend of his.  Apparently John’s friend had shared with him some news about a mutual acquaintance, explaining that this person had recently gone into “the ministry.”  John then replied, “What ministry might that be?”  John’s friend was confused by the question, particularly from such an…

Between Two Worlds: In But Not Of the World

In my last post I wrote about running, so I thought I’d continue with that theme today. Whenever I go for a jog, I like to listen to praise music. Unfortunately, on one occasion when I popped in the earbuds, one of them didn’t work. I tried to fiddle with it, but nothing helped. At first I was somewhat annoyed by this, as I was hoping to have a wonderful time running and praising God (silently of course!). Once I…

Crossing the Finish Line – God’s Story & Your Everyday Frontline

I could barely make out the finish line approaching in the distance.  As I strained my eyes down Boylston Street, I reflected on how many runners had made a similar journey before me – how I was literally following in their footsteps.  Yet as I crossed the line of Boston’s historic marathon, there was no moment of elation.  No sense of accomplishment.  Why?  Well, I had not actually run the Boston marathon that day.  I was merely running an errand. …