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Can a Pastor Who Struggles with Depression Remain a Pastor?

Charles Spurgeon is considered by most modern evangelicals to be one of the greatest preachers and pastors since the Reformation. But did you know that Spurgeon struggled with depression? To the point of contemplating suicide? He said, I could say with Job, ‘My soul...

When You’re Completely Spent and Have Nothing to Show For it All

When my wife and I were first married, we lived in Beebe, Arkansas where I served as pastor of a small church and we commuted several days per week to Conway, an hour away, for classes at Central Baptist College. The chariot that carried us back and forth was a 1991...

The Greatest Test of Character You’ll Ever Face as a Leader

If you're going to be a great leader, you're going to have to pass some big tests. It comes with the territory. You'll walk through loss and loneliness. You'll be questioned and criticized. You'll lead through adversity and obstacles. But the biggest test you'll face...

Go Ahead and Throw Your Best Pitch Out There

Have you heard about Nathan Patterson? Here's the scoop... Nathan played baseball in high school, but upon graduation, moved on to more practical things like selling software for a living. After all, how many high school hopefuls actually make it to "the show?" Then...

The Real Cultural Core Issue: Disconnection

This was originally posted to my Facebook profile the day after the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio... Two mass shootings in twenty four hours. We're severely broken. This morning, I'm starting a sermon series about the topic of parenting,...

In Ministry, It’s Always Better to Be Real Than to Be Good

Sometimes we look for professionals to help us learn things. I was once on a flight that was diverted from John Wayne Airport to LAX, which prompted a wave of sighs from passengers as well as a conversation between me and the guy seated next to me on the plane named...

Growing from “Ought To” to “Can Do” Living

You ought to go to church. You ought to read your Bible, eat right, quit smoking, pay your tithes, and be a better mom... dad... husband... wife... yodeler, underwater basket-weaver, etc. The weight of "ought to" living can be crushing. In fact, it's really the...