It's Election Day, and Principles Matter

It's Election Day, and Principles Matter

I don’t like heights. I’m not a fan of wasps either. But probably my biggest fear is being caught in the middle of a big crowd of scared, irrational people who are about to stampede over one another. And that, on this election day, is how I feel. Like a...
It's Getting Crazy for Pastors and Politics

It's Getting Crazy for Pastors and Politics

I’m a Pastor. It’s my calling. It’s my privilege. The word “pastor” is an old word that means shepherd, from the Greek, poimen. My role is to do two things: lead the flock, spiritually and directionally, as we communally obey...
A Lesson for Church Leaders from Ted Cruz' Direct Mail Mishap

A Lesson for Church Leaders from Ted Cruz' Direct Mail Mishap

Cruz doesn’t see it as a mishap, and “won’t apologize” for it. But as a leader and church communications guy, I think he blew it when he used a direct mail piece designed to apply social pressure to potential voters in Iowa. In case you...

The Heaviness of My Heart for Spiritual Awakening In America

I’ve probably been reading too much news lately, and it has created a sense of heaviness in my heart. I tweeted yesterday, “For me, today, the world seems ‘scary big.’ And God is infinitely bigger.” A few friends assumed I must be going...
To Every Pastor Who Is Ready to Give Up

To Every Pastor Who Is Ready to Give Up

The article I wrote just a couple of days ago called From the Hear of One Pastor, I’m Sorry I Let You Down touched a nerve. It was viewed by thousands the first day it ran on pastors.com. I think this is partly because pastoral burnout and discouragement have...

Ranting on Facebook versus Doing the Hard Stuff

Ranting and raving on Facebook about how the immoral, evil, liberal, leftist, socialists have taken over and will be the demise of our country doesn’t equate to you “standing up for what is right” or “making a difference.” It means you...

Politics Won't Save the World

On my Facebook profile, when asked to state my political views, I simply put, “If I thought politics could save the world, I wouldn’t be a Pastor.” I’m just not that into it. Plenty of people will read this and assume I don’t care....

Nineteen Reasons Baptists Should Stop Voting on Stuff

I’m not seriously calling for the abolition of voting among churches, just a severe reduction in the practice. I’m a strong believer in the autonomy of the local church, but I’m the first to admit, I don’t like church “business.” I...

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