I’m starting a blog on how to follow Christ with passion and zeal; in other words, how to “crush it” spiritually at any age or stage of life. Paul writes in Romans 12:1-2:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
We are called to lay down our lives for Christ in a way that is completely at odds with what this world and its norms entice us with. When I became a Christian at UC Berkeley in 1986 I wanted to live a radical Christian life, and 30-plus years later, I still do. I would guess that when you became a Christian, you dreamed of doing amazing things for Jesus. These posts will prod, instruct and inspire you to live a life both pleasing to God and intensely satisfying to yourself. Here are some of the topics we will cover:
- How to make your Christianity an adventure, not a burden
- Bearing fruit at any age
- Planting a church in your hometown
- How to stay fired up as a Christian at any age
- Getting better, not bitter
- Tips for overseas missionary work
- Growing your church from where it’s at to 100+ members
I will be sharing stories from others who are crushing it spiritually. I believe that anyone at any age spiritually can live an amazing, inspiring life in Christ. I’m here to help you “crush it” spiritually.
For those who are interested, Joel Peed and I are organizing a small church leadership conference this May in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to help those in this specific stage of ministry. Please register at our website LookUp2019.com. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is Rob Skinner?
Rob Skinner (53) was baptized while a junior at UC Berkeley in April of 1986. After graduating in 1987, he entered the ministry and met Pam Wilkinson in 1989. Pam was converted in Boston in 1984 and went on the Cairo, Egypt mission team in 1988. They married in 1990 and planted their first church in Portland, Oregon in 1991. They led the church in Seattle, Washington in 1992-1993 and were sent off the mission team to Anchorage, Alaska during that time. They went overseas to Tokyo, Japan for 10 years and returned in 2003 to lead the church in Boise, Idaho. They then planted a new church in Rob’s hometown of Ashland, Oregon in 2005. The church started without outside support in their living room with a first attendance of three people. On leaving Ashland, the church had 150 in attendance at its anniversary service. Rob supported himself and the church as a real estate agent until 2012 when he got the call to plant a church in Tucson, Arizona. The Tucson planting began with a team of 22 disciples, had 483 at its first service on September 30, 2012 and now has an average Sunday attendance of 210. Rob has a masters degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity Seminary. Rob and Pam have three kids, David (25), James (23), and Anne (21). Rob enjoys reading, motorcycling and playing guitar.