…the author

Doug Delp, with Timber Lake Christian Church, formerly known as Union Avenue Christian Church in Moberly MO has been Sr. Minister there since 1993.  Doug completed his undergraduate studies at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, and finished his Master of Arts Degree in Christian Leadership with Kentucky Christian University in 2003.  He has been the preaching minister in three different churches since 1979, seven years in Southwest Missouri, Collins; and seven years in Weiner Arkansas before moving to Moberly.

…the church where I serve

is an independent Christian Church that is known for having no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, and no name but Christian.  While I  never want to post anything that would bring shame or disrepute on Jesus, His Kingdom or the Church you need to know that  The opinions expressed on these pages are my personal opinions. The church where I am employed DOES NOT endorse any user-submitted material, content and/or links or assume any liability for any of my actions.

…the blog title

Looking through a “glass darkly” is not about stained glass windows. It’s about noble efforts to see things that may not be readily perceived without some mediation, research and even imagination.  In some ways stain glass windows remind me of  an intense desire to understand and then communicate what God sees and thinks.   There is enough concept visible to believe, but there’s more to be comprehended.  It creates a hunger to look longer, deeper, or at least to anticipate a time when the concept will be completely fulfilled!   Sometimes it’s the complexity of a vague image that is the attraction.  Like this! The wooden mirror captures the essences of 1 Cor. 13:12 for me.  The desire to see more, coupled with the fascination of how it is made visible. Our imaginations like every other gift from God are good, but they can also lead us down forbidden ways of thinking.

Since the beginning of time, in virtually every culture “pictures” have helped illiterate cultures remember stories and concepts that were important to them.  Some written on cave walls,  stone monuments and eventually created with strategically placed stain glass.  During the renaissance stain glass windows became a key method for communicating Bible Stories to uneducated populations.  But it also became an avenue for inspiring artists to be able to express their love and devotion for the stories and the God who made those stories happen. Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Kirkwood First Presbyterian Church where you can sit in the pew, listen to a sermon and virtually “see” the gospel story in vivid color.

…this blog’s purpose

is to celebrate the desire to understand things that initially may seem vague. I hope it will create a hunger to look longer, deeper, or at least an anticipation for a time when everything that matters will finally be made clear! There will be some controversial topics introduced. There will be challenges for leaders to step out in areas that many are reluctant to seek out.  My prayer is that God honoring harmony and charity will result. In the words of the Apostle Paul,“Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Cor. 13:12,13 

Some reference materials for ministry students:

  1. What Should I Preach?” –  a seminar from 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus on subjects that should be taken to the pulpit.
  2. Stewardship & the Growing Church” – a seminar of biblical principles of stewardship.
  3. Politics & the Pulpit” – what does the Bible say about preaching subjects that some may say are too political to be in the pulpit?
  4. When is it Time to Change Churches?”  A one day seminar on how to recognize it’s time for  a change in ministry and how to do it with integrity.
  5. Helping Outsiders Become Insiders
  6. Leading a Ministry at TLCC (4)
  7. Planning ministry in waves: the cycle of waves: high energy low visibility, exponential growth,  visible surge and recess & restructure.
  8. Christian Leaders Building or Eroding Confidence
  9. Identifying a Person with Authority Issues
  10. Eldership Who Determines Essentials?
  11. SAMPLE POLICIES -Policies that support ministry
  12. Senior Minister Job Description
  13. SAMPLE Professional Disclosure Statement 
  14. SAMPLE SERMON Evaluation
  15. Doug’s Policy on officiating Weddings
  16. Preachers Stay Put
  17. Helping Your Leaders Make Good Decisions by John Piper

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