Deconstruction Discouragement: Please Lord, Not Another One…

One of the most painful experiences of my life was the discovery that someone very close to me, with whom I had served in a local church setting for many years, had “deconstructed” and no longer considered himself a Christian. I initially responded poorly by getting personally offended and aggressively…

Leading Through Pain

By a show of hands, how many of you have experienced some type of pain over the past year or so? I know I can’t see them lifted, but humor me and do it anyway? For the record, both of my hands are lifted pretty high. With all sincerity and…

Choose Your Adventure

Many of you are most likely familiar with the Choose Your Own Adventure, or Secret Path Books. In these series of children’s books, where each story is written from a second-person point of view, the reader assumes the role of the main character, and makes choices that determine the outcome…

Before You Say Yes

It was a blistering hot day hiking in the Tetons. Keeping up with my sons and friends who were in better shape than me was quite a task. There were times they would get ahead of me and, in goodwill, wait till I caught up with them … and then…

When The Leaders Are Tired

I’m tired.    I’m really tired. My guess is many of you are tired too. The last thing we need is to rehash all the things that have worn us down this past year and a half.  We also don’t need more theology on rest. This isn’t some sort of…

What’s Your Next Move?

“You’re like a chess piece that God has moved around the board.”  What was I supposed to make of that comment as I interviewed for a middle school pastor role in my forties?  Rewind many years. In the Lord’s sovereign grace toward me, he has disrupted my plans and my ambitions at many points in my life. To say that my vocational pathway has been like taking the scenic route is a huge understatement. However, when I landed…

The Leadership Dance

In my last blog, I addressed the vitally important relationship between the Senior Pastor and the Elder Board. In this blog, we will dive more deeply into the day to day relationship between the Senior (i.e., lead) Pastor and the Elder Board (i.e., primary leadership team), of which the Senior…

3 Ways To See Past A Blind Spot

One of the world’s largest ships stumbled in the Suez Canal, turned sideways, and got stuck in the sand, completely blocking passage through one of the world’s most important trade routes. For six days, ships were backed up into the sea, their precious cargo of everything from shoes to TVs…

The Pastor’s Most Strategic (Or Stressful) Relationship

Without question, the senior pastor’s most important relationship is with God, and second to that is with his family. In the context of the senior pastor’s church, however, there are many other relationships that call for his attention. I would suggest, among the myriad options available, that the most strategic…

He Is Risen… Indeed?

Well, it’s been a little over a year now since our world as church leaders was rocked to its core, as the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping the world last spring and everything everywhere began shutting down. Most of us expected that first weekend of making the last-minute pivot to online…

When The Gospel Starts To Grind

How many times have you preached or taught or written about the epidemic?  Not COVID, the other epidemic. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve preached “against” the epidemic of individualism in our culture. Not a red-faced rant kind of preaching, but a measured presentation of the costs we…

Friendly Fire: 3 Ways To Avoid The Casualties

I have a problem. I am good at seeing the flaws in other’s ministries. Not so much in the beneficial “let me help you out” way, but in a prideful way that looks down on others from above. I can see why things won’t work, why others are wrong, and…

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