About what part of your life are you most tempted to think, I don’t have enough? For me, that thought is almost always tied to time. Some days, I don’t have enough time constantly runs in the back of my mind. And that mantra never serves me well. It doesn’t make me more efficient. Instead,…

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I have this distinct picture of me in my earlier years of marriage, getting into a rhythm of going back upstairs to finish an argument. My wife and I would have argued about something. I would go downstairs to cool off (or to be dramatic). After not too many minutes I’d think of a few…

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Sometimes, the most important things are the most obvious things. I learned a lot in seminary – how to interpret the Bible, how to preach and teach, loads of theology. I even learned some counseling skills and paradigms for youth ministry that have served me well. But the past few years, in the midst of…

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“How is your current church attendance compared to your pre-pandemic attendance?” If you’re like me, you’ve grown tired of that question. Yet, I can’t ignore it. I’ve crunched the data to answer it. I’ve even asked it. However, asking that question alone can leave us stuck in a potentially unhealthy comparison game. I recently returned to a biblical account that reminded me of the pre and post pandemic church attendance comparisons. The words of Ezra leapt off the page at me……

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My favorite idol is busyness. Allow me to explain. It’s not that I like being busy. It’s that I have built my life around it. Maybe you have, too. You might believe that God has called you to pastoral ministry. I certainly do. You might also believe that he has gifted you for that calling.…

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