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Morning Devotion: The Pitfall of Poor Shepherding

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

“Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.” (Proverbs 28:10, ESV) It is bad enough being foolish or wicked (foolishness and evil bring their own pain), but it is especially bad to lead those who...

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Tags: leaders, leadership, choices, jesus, praise him, proverbs, pitfalls, pit, shepherd, stewardship

Morning Devotion: Emptiness Receives Love & Correction

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

  “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.” (Proverbs 27:5–7, ESV) Receiving the Loving the Correction of a...

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Tags: sage, wisdom, morning devotion, proverbs, faithful wounds, love, correction, emptiness, brokeness

Decision Making: Learning from Leaders

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

The scene appears almost comical to any self-respecting man living within the current century: mommy asking the boss for a promotion for her sons. In all fairness to moms, what parent wouldn’t want opportunity and advancement for their children? Regardless of the way the text may initially...

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Tags: leaders, leadership, jesus, choices, making decisions, deciding, choosing, oversight, shepherding

Top Blog Posts of the Week 8/25/2012

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

This is a list of recent blog posts which I found interesting. That I found them interesting doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with or endorse all of the ideas presented in the posts, but that I found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. They may benefit you as you prayerfully...

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Tags: top recent blog posts, blog, blog post, angel, angels, songs, hymns, jesus christ, leadership, leaders, parents, children, kingdom through covenant, book review, churchmanship, sportsmanship, church discipline, sanctification, church, community, emergent church, good churchmanship

Top Blog Posts of the Week 8/18/2012

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

  This is a list of recent blog posts which I found interesting. That I found them interesting doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with or endorse all of the ideas presented in the posts, but that I found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. They may benefit you as you...

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Tags: top recent blog posts, blog, blog post, proverbs, health and wealth, prosperity gospel, congregationalism, baptist church, racism, glorification, sanctification, spiritual maturity, growing pains, encouragement, encouraging others, suffering, faith, enduring, christian walk

From All that Dwell Below the Sky

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

There are some songs and some song writers that write in such a way that your heart is warmed, and you stand in the presecne of God and feel the sheer weight of His glory. Isaac Watts is my favorite hymnist. I love what he has penned for the church. These songs of his are hundreds of years old...

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Tags: isaac watts, hymns, from all that dwell below the sky

Top Blog Posts of the Week 8/4/2012

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

This is a list of recent blog posts which I found interesting. That I found them interesting doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with or endorse all of the ideas presented in the posts, but that I found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. They may benefit you as you prayerfully...

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Tags: top recent blog posts, blog, blog post, a christian's calling, minister's calling, leadership, leaders, new member classes, gospel, gabby douglas, adoption, marriage, preaching, thinking, sunday worship, leading worship