O Volunteers, Where Art Thou?

Volunteers in the local church seem to be an endangered species. It is not as if this is a new problem, but is seems acute at this season in church ministry. The problem of staffing in businesses we observe is also echoed in non-profits and churches. I don’t have extensive qualitative data to prove myContinue reading “O Volunteers, Where Art Thou?”

Why Do We Preach? Understanding Our Audience of One

What is the central focus of our preaching? “That was a great sermon, Pastor!” “Pastor, you sure can tell a story. You really told it like it is in that sermon!” “Pastor, you really stepped on my toes. I like it when you make me squirm in my seat.” So go the comments to theContinue reading “Why Do We Preach? Understanding Our Audience of One”

COVID and Motorcycles: An Unlikely Pair Teach a Valuable Lesson

In January 2021 I celebrated my 25th consecutive year serving as a Senior / Lead Pastor in a local church. Over that time, I have concluded that we pastors are often our own worst enemy. Before you click away to another article, let me explain. So much of what we do as pastors is convictionalContinue reading “COVID and Motorcycles: An Unlikely Pair Teach a Valuable Lesson”

For God’s People, Silence is Not an Option

Last week, I heard a woman give a short testimony from a favorite passage of mine found in Jeremiah 20. In that passage, the prophet Jeremiah is weary. He’s been beaten (literally) by people he’d thought were his friends, betrayed by his own family and continually ridiculed for delivering a message that God had givenContinue reading “For God’s People, Silence is Not an Option”

Guarding Your Heart: A Plea to Church Leaders

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 When a person looks to buy a new car, they generally notice the sound system, upholstery, or the way it looks. But, if you think about it, the engine is the most important feature of any car, becauseContinue reading “Guarding Your Heart: A Plea to Church Leaders”

A Covid Winter and the Spring Hope of the Gospel

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I begin to dream about outdoor projects in my garden and yard. I take more walks and attempt running, unsuccessfully. This Spring is especially sweet because of what I was able to do in November of 2020. During the Fall of last year, two differentContinue reading “A Covid Winter and the Spring Hope of the Gospel”

Pursuing Unity and Purity with Civility

Pastoring a church today is challenging on many fronts. One of those fronts is navigating the biblical call for maintaining unity among the local and global body of Christ, and the call for pursuing the purity of the local and global church as well. A pastor can feel like a pinball getting knocked around betweenContinue reading “Pursuing Unity and Purity with Civility”

Giving Priority to Your Local Church Pastor

A quick search of “Sermons” on Youtube will generate video images of Billy Graham, T.D. Jakes, John Piper, Craig Groeschel, Dr. Charles Stanley, and Matt Chandler. If you want to have some fun, search funniest or worst sermons. A quick search on google for “sermons” will result in 146,000,000 results in .51 seconds. Yikes! TheContinue reading “Giving Priority to Your Local Church Pastor”

The Slow Fade of Dying Embers (Ecclesiastes 1:1-3: I Kings 3, 11)

The man behind the book of Ecclesiastes is one of the most intriguing in all of Scripture. He is a case study in one whose heart lost its heat for God throughout a lifetime. His life prompts me to ask, How do giants redwoods of the faith fall from grace? Recently, the Christian world wasContinue reading “The Slow Fade of Dying Embers (Ecclesiastes 1:1-3: I Kings 3, 11)”

Theological Triage and Local Church Cooperation (Part II)

Triage is a necessity in the medical world; it is a matter of life and death. In the world of theology, it can also mean spiritual or physical life and death. In the last post on this topic, we considered the importance of fleshing out the brilliant statement by Rupert Meldinius in the 17th CenturyContinue reading “Theological Triage and Local Church Cooperation (Part II)”