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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

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 you’re feeling, it’s powerful. In other words, it’s just hard.

The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

I can’t give up on the church because, as messy as she is, she’s His idea. Jesus died for her, was raised for her, and commissioned her to be light in the darkness and love to the lost until he comes back to fix it all.

In Conflict, Check Your Motives

In Conflict, Check Your Motives

Jesus modeled selflessness in relationships. While he lived in a healthy rhythm in life, he also gave of his time and his touch to as many people as he could. He eventually laid down his very life as a ransom for all people. Surely we can lay aside our right to be first, right, or best for the benefit of others.

Time Management Matters in a Pandemic More Than Ever

Time Management Matters in a Pandemic More Than Ever

Live for an audience of One and bask in the sweetness of the knowledge that you matter, that you are loved, and that God wants to use you in the middle of the mess. Keep loving Jesus. Keep loving people. And be that rare bright spot in someone’s day.

What Does God Have Stored Up for You?

What Does God Have Stored Up for You?

God knows what is best, and it often doesn’t align with our view of what is best. He gives us growth through suffering and loss. His timing is also better, and many of his best gifts won’t be enjoyed until Jesus comes again and makes everything right.

I Want to Live In the 8th of Romans

I Want to Live In the 8th of Romans

I don’t have to live under sin’s tyranny any longer. I don’t have to walk in fear and anxiety over my eternal destiny. I don’t have to succumb to temptation. I can pray and connect with God. I can enjoy a foretaste of heaven to come. I can walk in the confidence that I am God’s child, that he is my Father, and that I’m on my way home for good.

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