All of My Recent Writings

Below are articles I’ve written on my other websites or across the web. If you want to see only posts I’ve shared here on my personal blog, click here.

What if I’m Not Ready to Be Healed?

Whether it’s saying a prayer, calling a friend, reaching out to a counselor or therapist… standing up and walking is the easy part. It’s the decision to actually do so that feels impossible.

Who Do You Think You Are?

As we kick off another year, don’t just write down goals, resolutions, or even habits you hope to form. Journal for a while about who you are and who you want to become. Out of that sense of identity will flow the habits that will shape your entire future.

Have a Better Year By Embracing the Process

It’s not about perfection. You’ll never get it all right. You’re human. You have physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual limitations that prevent you from living full throttle 24/7. You were meant to rest, to take breaks, to not achieve it all.

Bright Hope for Tomorrow

The presence and reality of God necessitate the replacement of despair with hopefulness – the belief that “tomorrow” (whether literally tomorrow or a random day several generations into the future) will be different. That suffering has an end. That the world will be set right.

20 Signs You’re Suffering from Leadership Burnout

If you’re a leader walking into or through a season of burnout, you must address the pain and tend to the wounds, and you will almost always need help doing so. It’s hard to be, as the late Henri Nouwen termed it, a wounded healer.

4 American Cultural Issues Contributing to Church Leader Burnout

In our modern era, particularly in America (and perhaps the West as a whole), leaders are burning out at an increasing and alarming rate. There are many factors leading to this trend, but at the forefront are certain cultural issues that have affected the way we do church and church leadership. There are four issues, in particular, that have invaded our thinking in toxic ways.

4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

We don’t choose our circumstances. We don’t choose the weather, the direction of the economy, what people around us will do, or the direction of world events. But we do get to choose our attitudes.

When Church Growth Is the Drug of Choice

I know, as a Pastor who has trudged through the valley of burnout, that church growth can be a powerful drug for a church leader. The temporary “high” of a well-attended event, a high-attendance Sunday, an influx of new members or baptisms, etc. can have a numbing effect that keeps us distracted from the brokenness deep within us that needs to be addressed.

3 Things You’ll Never Control As a Preacher

You and I don’t have to make things happen. We should certainly work hard to become faithful leaders and shepherds, but the enormously impossible task of generating real spiritual change is left in the hands of the very capable Holy Spirit, for whom anything is possible.

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