Jonathan Threlfall

Thoughts on Christian theology and pastoring

  • Read Less. Reflect More.

    “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers.” Yes, but that dictum can be misleading. One does not become a leader simply by reading. And one does not become a better leader simply by reading more. But what about those successful people who post their reading lists on social media near the end of the year? […]

  • The Secret to a Productive Morning

    The early morning hours are the most precious hours of my day. After a shower and some coffee, morning is when I most alert, most creative, and most energized. Out of every hour of the day, I will protect mornings most fiercely. But my mornings also have a couple big enemies. First, too much sleep. Second, […]

  • A Pastor’s Ministry Focus

    Before I began pastoring my current church, a friend recommended The New Pastor’s Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry. And how thankful I am for his recommendation! Here’s an excerpt I especially appreciate: “As pastors, we must resolve to study, live, and teach the Scriptures. Our people need us to know, breathe, […]

  • Making a Difficult Decision? Try this Tip.

    Ever had to make a difficult decision? I sure have. Of course, what counts as “difficult” depends on who you are, your level of experience, and the magnitude of responsibility. Harry Truman had to decide to drop an atomic bomb on Japan, to deploy U. S. forces to the Korean peninsula, and to relieve General […]

  • George Whitefield’s Delight in Scripture and Prayer

    When I was a child, I heard a pastor read this section from George Whitefield’s diary. It still stirs me to greater discipline and delight in Scripture and prayer. My mind being now more open and enlarged, I began to read the Holy Scriptures on my knees, laying aside all other books and praying, if […]

  • I’m a Believer. So Why Do I Struggle with Doubt?

    “When they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted” (Matthew 28:17). “Some doubted.” Yes, even when looking at the resurrected Christ. What can we learn from this? We can learn that while we are still in this world—even if we were to see Jesus with our own eyes—we sometimes struggle with doubt. If this was difficult for […]

  • The “Book of Nature” is Not Enough

    “The heavens declare the glory of God.” Every day, to each human being, the universe tells us something: There is a creator, and he is unimaginably powerful. For centuries, people have called this “the Book of Nature,” or, to use a theological term, “general revelation.” But it is obvious that something has gone wrong with […]

  • Five Attitudes You Need When Reading the Bible

    We need God’s Word to teach, correct, and train us. But simply reading the Bible does not guarantee that we will enjoy its benefits. We must read the Bible . . . . . .  in faith “For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit […]

  • Fifteen Reasons to Pay Attention to God’s Word

    The more I read, study, memorize, and meditate on it, the more I realize that God’s Word is what I need. All the time. It is the power that brought the universe into existence (Genesis 1:3). It is the seed that brings you to life (1 Peter 1:23; James 1:21). It is the truth that […]

  • A Powerful Productivity Tool at Your Fingertips

    If you’re reading this on a smartphone, you have a powerful productivity tool right at your fingertips. I’ve used it to read mentally demanding books, clear out my e-mail inbox, plan for meetings, and strengthen my prayer life. No, it’s not an app or any kind of online program. It’s much simpler than that. It’s […]