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...
The Two Ways Jesus Gets Me Through My Hardest Days

The Two Ways Jesus Gets Me Through My Hardest Days

Earlier today, I received a text from a friend who asked how I and my family were faring right now. I responded simply with, “Surviving well.” Thankfully, my friend and his family are surviving well also. How about you? Are you surviving well? As I write this, it’s...
Thoughts from One Depressed Pastor to Many, Many Others

Thoughts from One Depressed Pastor to Many, Many Others

It’s just hard! Those are three of the nicest words I’ve ever heard. When you’re hurting and sad and you don’t even know exactly why you’re so sad, but someone, instead of offering solutions or guilt trips or “snap out of it” advice just comes along and validates what...
The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The church is messy, isn’t it? When I look around, I see that we’re often unsafe for the hurting, unkind to those who don’t see the world the way we do, and unlike Jesus in how we relate to people. We often tack our nationalism, patriotism, racism,...
In Conflict, Check Your Motives

In Conflict, Check Your Motives

Have you ever realized, mid-conversation, that the person you’re arguing with is actually right and you are wrong, but you’re already in too deep to turn around so you keep going anyway? Me too. It’s evidence of our pride and our need to be regarded...
Time Management Matters in a Pandemic More Than Ever

Time Management Matters in a Pandemic More Than Ever

As I write this, we’re preparing for our 17th Sunday of NOT meeting together for a weekend worship service. Most of our people understand and appreciate the caution. A few are trying to understand and be gracious and patient even if they disagree. And I. Miss....
Warning: You Will Experience Pressure

Warning: You Will Experience Pressure

I’m not a fan of being under pressure. I’m an Enneagram 9, an introvert, and a rather contemplative soul. You won’t hear me bragging about how crazy-busy my life is and how I just can’t keep up with the pace. Instead, I like rhythm. And quiet. And measured progress....
What Does God Have Stored Up for You?

What Does God Have Stored Up for You?

I believe that God wants the very best for his children. His love toward us is benevolent in nature. God is a giver. He is the bestower of good things. How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you. Psalm 31:19 NIV We have three...
I Want to Live In the 8th of Romans

I Want to Live In the 8th of Romans

This is where I often live… the 7th of Romans. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate… it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that...
Caring for the Least of These

Caring for the Least of These

When Angie and I moved into the first home we ever purchased for ourselves, we moved into an aging neighborhood where we were surrounded by sweet older widows. One day, a van pulled into the driveway of the home across the street and along the side were the words:...

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