Our Attitude of Gratitude

Being thankful can be tough during trying times. COVID-19 and cultural tensions have left us stretched and stressed. Juxtaposed to our tensions is tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day. For me, this annual holiday reminds me that everyday should be filled with gratitude, especially for family and friends. LET’S TALK Did you know that one of the healthiest…

The New Normal

FOR PASTORS AND LEADERS I’ve said this often. Don’t expect to go back to normal. In fact, if you are just waiting to get back to church-as-usual, you’re missing out on what God wants to do.  Let’s Talk So what is the new normal we can expect? As I’ve listened and learned, here are four…

Courageous or Cowardly?

Remember the classic movie, Wizard of Oz? One of the characters that made us laugh was the Cowardly Lion. If something went BUMP, he would jump. He was always afraid and lacked the courage to face, well, anything. It may have been comical, but no one wants to live in fear. We need courage. Nothing…

Wear a Mask in Church!

Maybe you’ve noticed how hard it is to agree on things these days. Every topic feels like an unresolveable argument just waiting to happen. From the presidential election to the politics of a pandemic to the police and how we promote justice in light of our country’s legacy of slavery, I don’t recall a time…

5 Things I Know About (Almost) Every Pastor Right Now

Yes, we are heading back to a new normal. The scary thing is that there are a lot of moving parts during this transition time. God said that if we lack wisdom, we need to ask Him for it (James 1:5). We need clarity and confidence as we restart ministries and reenter our facilities. Let’s…

Take Me to Your Leader

John Maxwell made an impact on my ministry and leadership. I remember when he visited us at Jennings Lodge in the early ’80s to share the “Reach Out In Love” program. It centered around four ministries: an Abraham prayer ministry, a Barnabas friendship ministry, an Andrew evangelism ministry, and a Timothy discipleship ministry.  It offered…

Why It’s Tougher to Grow Sunday Church

Gone are the days when you could do a bit of advertising, open the doors of the church, and see people stream in. Many of us “old-timers” may come up with some pat answers like you need to work harder or go back to the good ole days of revival meetings, but the fact is,…

20/20 Vision

Happy New Year! A new decade! 2020! Wow! As we begin this new year, one of the most important things we can bring to it is clarity. The fact that it is 2020 reminds us that we all need 20/20 vision. The American Optometric Association states that “having 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you…

What’s a Pastor to Think?

Good pastoring requires good thinking. When you think about it, our thinking effects everything. How we think determines our feelings which are expressed in our actions. No wonder Paul said that we are to bring “every thought into captivity, to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 LET’S TALK So how’s your thinking? Most of…

What Pastors Can Learn from Missionaries

When I was young, I thought I was going to be a missionary. Growing up in a pastor’s house, we had tons of missionaries in our home. I loved to hear their stories. When in High School I took my first missionary trip to Colombia, South America. Later, in college, I spent a summer in…

Slow Down

Remember that Simon and Garfunkel tune that goes “Slow down, you move too fast. You’ve got to make the morning last?” For those under 40, probably not. I know, I’m old! But the fact is, I’m guilty of moving too fast too often.

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…