Twenty Takeaways from Midwinter 2018

This week the Pacific Conference pastors and spouses are enjoying a few days on the Oregon Coast. It’s an important time in the lives of our pastors as it provides space for reflection, rest, and refreshment. Shared meals and inspired teaching, along with some remarkably beautiful scenery become the backdrop for the growth and encouragement…

Three Ways to Help Care for Your Soul

Recently LifeWay did a survey asking pastors where they feel the greatest stress. The responses make it apparent that ministry has its challenges. Here are some of  the strains of ministry: 84% of pastors say they are on call 24 hours a day. Crises do not take a break, so pastors can’t either. Almost every…

Better Health

I wish I was in better shape. I’m not terribly out of shape but could do a lot better.  We’re in a series looking at ways to do better. Instead of setting unreachable goals or expecting perfection, we’re better off challenging ourselves to do better. This week we turn our attention to our health. Let’s…

A Better Pastor

It’s so easy to compare ourselves as pastors. Who has the bigger church? The larger salary? The better building?  …and the list goes on. If you think any of those things make for a better pastor, you’re fooling yourself. The Bible warns us that those “…measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are…

A Better Husband

I’m in a series of blogs entitled “Better!” I’m touching base on a few things we can be better at this coming year. None of us are perfect, but we all can make improvements. Setting perfection as our goal can be defeating but being a bit better is doable for all of us. Today I’m…

A Better Walk with God

I’m in a series of blogs entitled “Better!” In the last blog, I shared how I believe that better is, well, better. So often in our enthusiasm for the new year, we over-commit and over-extend ourselves, setting impossible goals and sabotaging ourselves along the way. Let’s make it our goal to do and be just…

Why Better is, well, Better

It’s January and that means it’s resolution time. I read that this habit dates back as far as the Roman World which means we have a long history of January goal-setting. The top New Year Resolutions, according to a recent poll are: (say it with me) 1. Lose weight. 2. Get fit(ter). 3. Eat healthier….

A Clearer Look at 2018

Ask just about anyone and they’ll tell you they’re convinced that they see the world clearly—it’s those other guys that have it wrong. But the truth is that seeing clearly is almost impossible. We all are biased by our own perspective. It amazes me how two people can go through similar experiences and have completely…

Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas! May you experience the gift of grace, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love today and always.

The Love of Christmas

What the world needs now is love, sweet, love! That’s very true! The Bible says that every law can be summed up on one simple command – Love! (see Galatians 5:14). Even secular psychologists acknowledge our desperate need for love. William Glasser concluded that “From birth to old age, we need to love and be…

The Joy of Christmas

They say the three phrases that best sum up the Christmas season are “Peace on Earth”, “Goodwill to men” and “Charge it!” This year our holiday spending as Americans is expected to exceed 1 trillion dollars! The sad thing is, some people are still paying off the debt from last Christmas. Too many have fallen…

The Peace of Christmas

“Peace on Earth” is a phrase that seems to pop up everywhere at Christmas. Sadly, our world is far from being at peace.  Even personally, many of us struggle to find true peace with the challenges and disappointment we face. Last week I blogged about the first candle of Advent which represents hope. Peace is…