Why Are There More Pastors Over 65 Than Under 40?

Our inability as a church to recruit and train new pastors is an existential crisis in the making for the local church. [Read more…]

5 Practices That Have Helped Me Succeed in Ministry

I would hope that sometime during the last 16 years of full-time ministry I’ve picked up a thing or two on what it means be successful in ministry. Recently, I spent some time to look back and collect my thoughts/experiences into 5 things that have helped me succeed in ministry. I’ve shared those five things [Read More…]

Five for Friday (7.4.14)

Have a great 4th of July! July 4th – A quick history of the 4th of July. I Didn’t Know I Was Undocumented – Powerful first person perspective on illegal immigration. Why Hobby Lobby Matters – Great perspective on the recent Supreme Court case. 31 Signs You Might Be a Pastor’s Kid – So true! [Read More…]

Why Pastors Like to Stay Indoors

Yesterday was ministry in a nutshell, a microcosm of what many pastors face week in and week out. The first half of the day was idyllic. I cocooned myself inside my office, spread out my Bible, commentaries, online tools and a pen and paper, and went to town. I brainstormed, researched, read, prayed, and planned. [Read More…]

The Easter Hangover

  originally posted on April 1, 2013 It happens every year to pastors: the Easter Hangover. It’s the fog and haze of leaving it all out on the field Easter Sunday and then still having to go back to work the next day. Pastors work hard for Easter. It’s their ‘Superbowl.’ When all is said [Read More…]

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, by Peter Greer

Piercing and convicting, this book is a must read for anyone who’s been in church life for more than a few years. This book explores the dark side of doing good, something seldom discussed yet distractingly dangerous for the committed Christian. Peter Greer is president of Hope International, a charity that provides microfinancing for the [Read More…]

The Savior Generals, by Victor Davis Hanson

The Savior Generals is an incredible perspective of a unique set of generals: five men who saved wars that were lost. While military commanders such as Napoleon, Washington, or Eisenhower all deserve their due, the five chosen for this book all came into wars at the point where they were all but lost and salvaged [Read More…]

Things You Learn in a Cave

BIG Idea: Don’t lift your hand against the Lord’s anointed. Everyone’s had “that boss.” At one time or another, you’ve probably worked for someone who was a mix between the TPS-reports-boss from Office Space and Kevin Spacey fromĀ Horrible Bosses. Someone who stopped having fun in life a long time ago and made it their personal [Read More…]