When our work and ministry is laid bare before the Lord we want it to withstand the fire.
He isn’t being lazy—he’s being human. Monday morning depression is a real thing for most pastors.
Unless we have a vision of God’s holiness, we’ll be great at pronouncing woes against sinners, but woefully inadequate at proclaiming God’s grace.
In these moments our humanity lies bare. Our greatest fears are realized—we are exposed for the weak and woefully inadequate people we are. We failed to meet even the lowest expectations. Things that are so seemingly obvious nobody should mess them up.
Because the Spirit doesn’t give strength for disobedience, He isn’t going to help perpetuate a myth of “Super Pastor.”
Attractional methods fail to work because they're simply a veneer for insecurity.
Sometimes, we won't think there are good enough reasons given to obey God, yet we are called to obey Him anyway.
It isn’t wise to go about moving fences unless you realize why that fence was there in the first place.
This is why I believe so many of us pastors battle depression and discouragement . . .
The more we trust in the sand of our own efforts, the less secure we’ll actually be.
After a long silence the empty-eyed man opens up. You have a hard time processing this overflow of emotions. There is so much in there which is simply not true.
Hang in there, Sam. The church has been through some pretty dark times, but she’s beautiful.
The way to help my daughter pursue purity isn't to lock her up in a castle, but to help her walk in the freedom of the gospel.
If I had a few minutes to sit a new minister down and share a few things I’ve learned, there is one piece of advice that I believe is vital.
God doesn’t just want begrudging obedience. He desires us to have hearts which reflect His.
"First day on the job with the new flock. It isn’t the biggest or the healthiest flock in the world…but it’s mine. And I’m excited to see how they’ll grow."
As I find myself passing the student ministry baton off to others, I have laid out for them a simple philosophy of youth ministry. Perhaps it will be beneficial to you as well
Five little words that once fed my pride in ministry are now terrifying to me.