Ways to Walk

One thing we can miss in our Bibles is all the walking they did. Did you know that the word walking or walked is mentioned over 200 times in the Bible? Yes, I think that is a Biblical argument for us to walk more : -).  It was at least a four-day journey for Jesus…

10 Things Pastors Hate to Admit Publicly

Linda and I have been in full time ministry for over 35 years. Often a pastor and his family feel the pressure to be “on top” of everything when we feel like we are at the bottom of things. It’s hard to admit that you don’t feel like preaching this Sunday or you are having…

Next Year in Jerusalem!

Today a group of twenty-four, led by two of our School of Ministry professors, will depart PDX, destination Israel. They’ll spend just shy of two weeks in the Holy Land where they will join the faithful at the Eastern Wall, walk with the sorrowing on the Via Dolorosa, and celebrate at the Garden Tomb. They’ll…

The Self-Importance Syndrome

Have you ever met someone who just seemed full of themselves? All they talk about is what they’ve accomplished and what is happening to them. They are consumed with their own perspective and personal interests. Everything seems to be about them! Even as I write this, I’m hoping I’m not one of those people! Paul…

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…

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….

Sustaining Ministry

Have you ever thought of quitting ministry? Every Monday! Right? Seriously, all of us have wondered if we can or even should continue in the pastorate. This past week I turned 60! Yes, I’m getting old. As I look back on 38 years of ministry, it is only because of God’s sustaining grace that I’ve…

Our History in Three Words

Next year our Denomination celebrates its 50th anniversary. In 1968, at our Oregon City Evangelical Church, we became the Evangelical Church of North America (long name and I’m not sure why we limited ourselves to this continent). LET’S TALK… Three words could describe our history as a Conference and Denomination: Dependent, Independent and Interdependent. DEPENDENT….

Anatomy of an Offense

Have you ever noticed how easily we are offended by each other? We become offended by what someone says, or does, or doesn’t do. Many times in ministry, my wife, Linda and I have had to work through times of feeling rejected and the temptation to take an offense. Believe me, it isn’t easy. “A…

Next Steps …in relationships

Last week I shared that the theme of this week’s Conference is “Next Steps.” In Mark 3:14 we find some next steps Jesus took in his ministry – “He appointed 12—He also named them apostles—to … Source: Next Steps …in relationships

Annual Conference & Why We Belong

I hope you have your calendars marked for Annual Conference which is July 18-20 at Valley View Church in Clackamas. The theme this year is OnMission: Next Steps. My prayer and desire is that all of us will come away from our time together with some next steps which God wants us to take in…

Why You Should Consider a Trip to Israel

GOOD MORNING! Have you been to Israel yet? I’ve often said that if you can afford it, every Christian should take one trip to the Holy Land in their lifetime. LET’S TALK… I have to tell you that I love Israel! Here are 4 reasons I think you should go to Israel: You will grow…