When our work and ministry is laid bare before the Lord we want it to withstand the fire.
Maybe he’s not the fool; maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s my eyesight. Is it possible that I’m conversing with the One who can draw water without a bucket?
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.
Promising kids the "best Wednesday they'll ever have" gets them thinking as consumers and, eventually, you're bound to disappoint a customer.
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.
The devil doesn’t care one bit about preventing us from doing works for the Lord; he cares about preventing belief and trust in our union with Christ.
Because the Spirit doesn’t give strength for disobedience, He isn’t going to help perpetuate a myth of “Super Pastor.”
Why in the world would we tell the One who owns the place that He’s welcome there?
The promises of God are not just promises to visit us with favor and blessings.
I’m convinced that, instead of focusing on keeping students, a truly kingdom-focused church will be passionate about sending students.
I know that he sees my every failure. He knows my every sin against him. Yet, he stands in my defense.
Attractional methods fail to work because they're simply a veneer for insecurity.
Many churches are pursuing a bit more "simple church." We’ve gotten the memo that activity does not equal godliness.
The truly humble person will take the low position and will not be shocked, dismayed, or depressed if he stays there.
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 depth of our roots in Christ will be exposed by how we respond when we get punched in the face.
One mark of a truly gospel-centered pastor is the willingness to be seen as a complete fool, so long as Christ is honored.
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
Division within the body of Christ is ultimately a heart issue. But it’s also, in part, a culture issue.
Five little words that once fed my pride in ministry are now terrifying to me.