It’s Time – We’re Stepping Away from Grace Hills Church

It’s Time – We’re Stepping Away from Grace Hills Church

At this time ten years ago, Angie and I were just beginning to dream and plan for the planting of Grace Hills Church. We had walked through some brokenness and had found within our staff and small group communities at Saddleback Church a great deal of healing. It was...
Why Holy Week is Hard for Many People

Why Holy Week is Hard for Many People

Every Mother’s Day Sunday (in the United States, it’s the second Sunday in May) and every Father’s Day (In the United States, the third Sunday in June), I preach messages that start with a disclaimer about the kind of pain those days can bring to...
What Can We Do About All the Problems? We Can Keep Showing Up

What Can We Do About All the Problems? We Can Keep Showing Up

So, what do we do about all this stuff? Years of preaching and listening to sermons about how to be positive, happy, and successful definitely did NOT prepare us to endure a lengthy global pandemic, which triggered a recession, which occurred during an election year,...
2021: The Year of GOOD News?

2021: The Year of GOOD News?

For the last couple of months, I’ve listened as the Holy Spirit has put a phrase on my heart for the upcoming year of ministry… 2021: The Year of Good News That’s right. Good news. 2021 is definitely going to be a year of good news. It’s preposterous, isn’t it? 2020...
King Jesus Came With a Clear and Unapologetic Agenda

King Jesus Came With a Clear and Unapologetic Agenda

I’m writing this on the day after Electors met in all 50 of the United States to cast their ballots on behalf of their respective states’ votes for the presidency of the United States. It now seems like a decade ago that we were still in the Democratic...
My Confession of Faith – A Modern Creed for Worship

My Confession of Faith – A Modern Creed for Worship

I’ve now been in ministry for about twenty-five years. That isn’t long compared to a lot of my heroes who are still living and serving, but it’s long enough that I’ve seen plenty of change happen within the American Christian and evangelical...
This is No Time to Preach in Neutral

This is No Time to Preach in Neutral

In Dare to Lead, her wonderful book about vulnerability as the key to influential leadership, Brené Brown proclaims a simple and powerful truth, “Clarity is kind.” And on the other side of the same coin, “A lack of clarity is unkind.” In other...
God Put You Here for This Generation

God Put You Here for This Generation

When I was starting in ministry, I was very nostalgic and felt attached to the decades in which evangelicalism was thriving most easily in America, as if that were a better era in which to do ministry. Not only have I come to understand how that season was not a...
The Three Voices of Effective Pastoral Leadership

The Three Voices of Effective Pastoral Leadership

I grew up in a church where visiting evangelists would scream, then gasp for breath, then scream a little more. They walked around on the stage and sometimes down the aisles, red-faced and often carrying a handkerchief to wipe away the sweat they’d collected on their...

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