Mike Bergman

18 April by Mike Bergman

The forward looking hope of Good Friday and Easter (a meditation)

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From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the leaders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. ~ Matthew 16:21 Anticipation. When you read through the story of the Bible, one of the things that […]

16 April by Mike Bergman

Some things I’ve learned in ten years of being a pastor…

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May 8, 2014 will mark 10 years to the day that I first started pastoring a church (the tiny, almost middle of nowhere Conway Community Church near South Boston, IN—the more I reflect back, especially when it came to my preaching, the more I feel sorry for those poor congregants!). I will actually be celebrating […]

20 March by Mike Bergman

We don’t kick tables, so…

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…why do we kick people? In the auditorium of my church’s main building, there is a side door in which you can enter, walk down a slightly curved aisle that cuts in front of the stage, and come to another side door to a storage room. In the midst of your journey, you pass by […]

17 March by Mike Bergman

Truth, Community, Missions: A Paradigm for Discipleship

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I love Jesus’ prayer in John 17 and have ever since I first preached through it in 2006 (side question: does it seem like 2006 should be that long ago?). As Jesus prayed on behalf of all of his followers throughout the ages (17:20), his primary concern was for the glory he and the Father […]

6 March by Mike Bergman

Death and Life: A Meditation on the Words We Speak

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Death and life are in the power of the tongue. ~ Proverbs 18:21 Most of us probably heard the rhyme from our mothers at some point in our childhoods: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. Why do we seek to instill such rhymes into the minds of our […]

7 February by Mike Bergman

Discipleship is life…

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16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples […]

1 February by Mike Bergman

Some thoughts on prayer…

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This year at the church I pastor, I have decided to emphasize prayer. I didn’t make this decision because of a lack of talking about prayer in the past. Each of my last three years here have seen at least one series where I have taught on prayer on Sunday morning, and a couple of […]

30 January by Mike Bergman

Discussion: How does your church raise up leaders?

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Leadership. This is a topic that I have much vested interesting for (1) being a pastor of a church, and (2) trying to find ways to raise up new, godly leaders. Ultimately, I am of the persuasion that each church needs a plurality of pastors (preferably homegrown) and a group of deacons that have servant […]

8 January by Mike Bergman

Singleness and Pastoring

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Sometimes it just seems like you have to write something that you weren’t planning on and for which you don’t necessarily have the time…but here it goes. Recently Mark Driscoll wrote a blog piece that was generally against the notion of being single and being a pastor; and Dave Miller wrote a piece on marrying […]

30 December by Mike Bergman

Resolution or Revolution? ~ A New Year’s Meditation

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 January 1, 2014 is upon us. In what has become a tradition in our culture, many people will use this day to make a new year’s resolution, in which they vow […]

26 November by Mike Bergman

A Thanksgiving Devotion

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. The Thanksgiving season is quickly upon us, at least when we speak of the holiday with turkey and all the trimmings. Yet, for followers of Jesus, giving thanks is never out of season. As […]

22 November by Mike Bergman

Priesthood: A Meditation on Pastors and Congregations

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A group of us pastors sat around a conference table, eating, talking, and praying. It was an interesting conversation covering a range of everything from Star Wars vs. Star Trek to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Transformers to our attitudes about church and the joys and problems we face and to baptism (we […]

17 September by Mike Bergman

A Simple Faith

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I love my brothers in arms. Where I’m at we have a group of associational pastors who try to get together once a month for fellowship, prayer, encouragement, challenge, and food. Let’s not forget the food. Our particular group is a mix—there’s eight of us, and we’re mostly the younger guys. One is a youth […]