Betrayal. Nothing cuts deeper, stings longer and leaves us bewildered like betrayal. If you’re in ministry for any length of time, you’ve tased the bitterness of this cup. It comes to all of those who are willing to be identified as followers of Christ and, even more, as under shepherds.  Whether it’s the echo of…

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Sometimes inspiration can come from the most unusual places… I wouldn’t consider myself a huge Metallica fan, but as a child of the 90’s, I certainly have some appreciation for the band and particularly that specific era of their music. So earlier today while mindlessly scrolling Facebook, I came across a video of the guys playing…

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For most of the population, summer reading evokes lazy days at the beach with a good novel or cracking a cozy mystery in the light of a campfire. But we know that the warmer days of summer aren’t always the harbinger of family vacations and looser schedules for pastors and church leaders. There are programs…

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Last summer our family made the trek north to Acadia National Park. This was new territory for us. The journey between central Pennsylvania and New York City has been well traveled, but beyond that we had no idea what the region would hold for us. I believe in my abilities to navigate most situations while…

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Sometimes when I think about my church’s online presence, it stresses me out. I’m comfortable online. We have a strategy and a team. We have been using our approach effectively for a long time, and yet it still feels overwhelming to consider all the new trends, how to keep gathering and using different types of…

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CAPTAIN OBVIOUS Pastoring has changed in many ways from the way I entered it 33 years ago. The expectations are now so different. Not just the expectations of others, but the expectations we have for ourselves. As podcasts have become available, the obvious challenge is: Can I keep up with the quality/level of preaching of…

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