DashHouse.com

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

I got into a fistfight last week...

Well, I suppose you could call it a fistfight. I got hit about 10-12 times without landing a single punch myself. It’s been a while since I have been in a fight. As a police officer, I probably get into more fights than the average middle-aged man. But at 46, my reflexes are not what they used to be—so I got a little beat up.

The Dangers of 'Faking It' in Ministry

Your life may blow up, or it may slowly implode. But "faking it" in order to get through your ministry is like sailing onto the rocks. You make shipwreck of your faith and take a lot of other people down with you.

Can Christian leaders be weak?

I need to admit I am weak. The cross demands it. But it's a daily challenge. I put pressure on myself and receive pressure from others to be strong and have it all together. And every time I sense I am giving into that pressure, I know I am wearing a mask. I am not being honest.

How Can I Tell If I’m Called to Pastoral Ministry?

Here are several questions you should ask yourself as you ponder a call to pastoral ministry.

What Does “Healthy” Mean in Church Leadership?

Is there really such a thing as a healthy church? Are there any healthy church staffs? And, what does healthy mean, anyway?

How to Stop Church-Killing Gossip

What gossip is, what to do when you hear gossip from someone, and why gossip is so enticing

Top 10 Reasons Our Kids Leave Church

So, after lots of hours spent in coffee shops and after buying a few lunches, here are the most common thoughts taken from dozens of conversations. I hope some of them make you angry. Not at the message, but at the failure of our pragmatic replacement of the gospel of the cross with an Americanized gospel of glory.

8 Ways to Engage the Culture Around You

  1. Start conversations
  2. Hang out with people who enjoy the same things you do
  3. Volunteer somewhere
  4. Tell stories
  5. Get to know your community by asking questions
  6. Invite others to join you
  7. Pray with others
  8. Address physical and spiritual needs around you

Relax! You'll Be More Productive

By managing energy more skillfully, it’s possible to get more done, in less time, more sustainably.