Breaking Free from the Bondage of Anger

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Anger

Six years ago, I stood before our church as we started a new message series called Healing, and introduced the sermon saying, “Hi. My name is Brandon. I’m a Christian who struggles with anger.” For the first fifteen years of my ministry, I learned to...
When Depression is Demonic

When Depression is Demonic

As I’ve said in many other places, I’m a huge believer that Christians should approach the subject of depression and mental health holistically. That is, we must consider the medical, spiritual, physical, psychological, and emotional angles. We should see...
The Most Rewarding Hard Work You’ll Ever Do

The Most Rewarding Hard Work You’ll Ever Do

Hard work is virtuous. And when it comes to hard work, we seem to go to two extremes in our culture… We look for a way out of it – Like, how do I get rich, quickly, with very little training, no learning curve, and in as few hours as possible? We let it...
The Best Personality Type for Ministry Leaders

The Best Personality Type for Ministry Leaders

I’m an introvert, and I’m a pastor. It’s a tough combination to pull off, especially when we tend to celebrate certain types of personalities over others in the world of ministry leadership. As church planters, we went through a couple of different...

Live, Lead, and Love Big This Week! (Quotes, Links, & Resources)

I’m a resource nut. I read, browse, bookmark, and stockpile links, books, articles, and resources. Then I share so much of it with you it’s downright obnoxious! Here’s this week’s obnoxiously over-stuffed list of links and resources for living,...
7 Tips for Parents of Teens in a Technology-Crazed World

7 Tips for Parents of Teens in a Technology-Crazed World

Social media is here. It’s not a trend. It’s not a fad. It’s part of the atmosphere we breathe in, like oxygen. Like it or not. You and I who are parents of teens and preteens grew up in a very different world. I remember the first broadcast day for...
7 Realities of Knowing and Doing God’s Will

7 Realities of Knowing and Doing God’s Will

It’s possible to know and to do God’s will. Consistently. A couple of decades ago, the church I was leading walked through the Experiencing God study, and it changed my life. I began to understand that God was more than a subject to be studied but rather a...
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...