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The Blog of Darryl Dash

This blog is about how Jesus changes everything. He changes:

Our relationship with God

Our relationship with others

Our vocations - how we live and work in this world

Our ministries

This blog exists to explore some of the ways that Jesus changes everything. It provides resources and articles that will help you think about the ways that Jesus can change every part of your life.

The Lord himself invites you to a conference concerning your immediate and endless happiness, and He would not have done this if He did not mean well toward you. Do not refuse the Lord Jesus who knocks at your door; for He knocks with a hand which was nailed to the tree for such as you are. Since His only and sole object is your good, incline your ear and come to Him. Hearken diligently, and let the good word sink into your soul. (C.H. Spurgeon, All of Grace)

Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

7 Reasons We Don’t Make Disciples

Leaders as well as churchgoers are weary of the impersonal, performance-based, people-in-the-pews approach. We are tired of the show. We have not been called to entertain an audience—we have been commissioned to train an army.

Let’s Mass Produce Discipleship

We mass produce discipleship by discipling a few who then disciple more and it multiplies. If we try another way, we’re just gathering crowds and assuming that our different variations of sermons will do the trick — that hasn’t worked for decades.

Well-Oiled Machine or Well-Watered Garden?

Jesus invented the church; let's allow him to lead it while we cultivate a flourishing well-watered garden first and a well-oiled machine second.

What Worship Style Attracts the Millennials?

You will hear Millennials speak less and less about worship style. Their focus is on theologically rich music, authenticity, and quality that reflects adequate preparation in time and prayer.

7 Reasons to Slow Down Your Sermon

Space in preaching – slowing down – is a gift. Here are 7 reasons why.

Platt Wasn’t Enough For My Church

A flesh and blood pastor is crucial for the local church because preaching is an act of spiritual warfare. A pastor is a shepherd who fights in the trenches next to his sheep, defending them from the wolves.

Gospel in Life

Resources from the ministry of Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church

The Open Kitchen Ministry

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I remember the first time I saw an open kitchen in a fancy restaurant. You could reserve a table right beside the kitchen and spend your evening watching the chef cook, talking to him, and even sampling some of his work if you were lucky. An article in Time describes what's happened:

In the past, restaurant customers may have preferred food to magically appear out from behind closed doors, with no indication whatsoever about how the sausage is made—figuratively or literally. After years of hearing Big Food and fast food horror stories that’ll turn your stomach, however, the prototypical modern diner seems to want transparency rather than mystery.

For maximum transparency, restaurants ranging from fast-casual superstar Chipotle, to indie eateries favored by foodies, to massive fast-food chains like Domino’s are all turning to the open kitchen.

The open kitchen trend seems to have been born in big cities such as New York, where chefs cooked within view of diners largely due to space constraints. Getting in the habit of watching chefs do their thing on TV has obviously boosted the fascination with what goes on in restaurant kitchens. As diners grew obsessed with celebrity chefs and the creative ways fresh and exotic ingredients were being combined, consumers increasingly came to view the flames and steam and clattering in the kitchen as part of the “show” of dining out.

It's not just the casual restaurants, either. The nicest restaurant we've enjoyed in Toronto has an open kitchen.

I'm wondering if there's something to learn here for the church — not that it's part of the "show" but that it becomes the very fabric of what it means to be the church.

I remember the days when the inner workings of church would be hidden behind closed doors. How the sermons, music, programs, and vision of the church came to be was a complete mystery. The pastor was someone who emerged once a week, but then disappeared until the next meal appeared. They dished it up, and we enjoyed it.

Perhaps there's a better way. Paul writes:

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:8-12 ESV)

Paul went beyond sharing the gospel. He shared his own life. People saw his work, the quality of his life, and his relationships. He exhorted and encouraged them as a father does his children.

There's a place in preaching to share the process of moving from text to sermon, and one's own wrestling with the text, so that people know what went on in the kitchen, and how they can do it themselves.

There's a place for opening up the leadership process of a church, so that people understand who leads, and how decisions are made.

Mostly, there's a place for opening up our lives so that people can see the quality of our lives and closest relationships, so that there's no real place to hide, and so that we can get close enough to exhort and encourage each other — not for show or faux vulnerability, but for the sake of sharing our lives as Paul did.

There's nowhere to hide in an open kitchen, and maybe that's a good thing.

Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

Why I'm Not Completely Certain Christianity is True

No, I am not completely (indubitably) certain that Christianity is true. I am not indubitably certain of anything. However, I am sufficiently certain that it is true. So certain that any other choice would be irrational.

If All Religions Are True, Then God Is Cruel

If Islam, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and all the other world religions are true paths to God, then why did God kill his Son, Jesus, in order to make a way for men to come to him? The very notion is absurd and insulting to God.

One Sure Way to Kill Your Church (or Church Plant)

Trying to please people in order to get them to stay will kill your Church Plant.

Pastors, Preach the WHY Before the WHAT

Plans are good. Programs are good. But the why behind the plan and the why behind the program is even better.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Preachers

Aa number of preachers I have observed are incredible in explaining and applying the Word. As a consequence, God changes lives and saves people ... I regularly ask these preachers about the way they go about preparing, preaching, and evaluating their messages.

8 Causes of Spiritual Depression

Most of us go through real times of spiritual melancholy in the Christian life. These are eight of the most common causes.