Recently, I read the amazing story of Mary Jones, a young girl who wanted nothing more than to have a Bible of her own. Born in 1864, the Welsh girl saved money for six years until she had enough money to purchase a Bible. Then at age 16, she walked 50 miles roundtrip and barefoot […]
In 2013 I had a full nervous breakdown. I guess they don’t call it that anymore, but that’s what it was. It was a Saturday and my wife and I were driving around frantically trying to find some items to use at during our church service the next day. I’m a pastor of a small
Another book about Jesus? Yes! But I think you’ll like it. Here’s why: First, it’s not for theologians or super Christians—it’s for everybody. You won’t need an exegetical dictionary to read it. You’ll only need to be interested in seeing Jesus in a refreshingly new light. Second, it might change your life. Scratch that, Jesus
[dropcap]Nobody [/dropcap]tries to alienate people that are visiting church. As ministry leaders, we should be as inclusive as possible without sacrificing the message of the gospel. Even so, churches across the country are accidentally excluding potential attendees by simply forgetting what it’s like to be new. We need to be intentional about what we do, what
[dropcap]If [/dropcap]you’re a pastor, then you should be writing. Ok, wait! Before you start with a list of excuses just hear me out (besides, I know all the excuses because I regularly used them to avoid my responsibility as a writer). Truthfully, I have had an on-again, off-again relationship with writing since 2003. It’s something
[dropcap]They[/dropcap] say, “all good things must come to an end.” Often, that is true when it comes to the relationship you have with your church family. Leaving is never easy but in some cases it is necessary. In a previous post, I suggested that there were some very terrible reasons for leaving a church. But,
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] have been a pastor for almost 15 years. In that time I’ve seen my share of people leave our church. Sometimes they go nicely, and for good reason. Other times they leave in a hail storm of controversy and bitterness. Believe it or not, sometimes leaving a church is the right thing to do.
[dropcap]I’m[/dropcap] a notorious loser. But not in the way you are thinking. See, I lose things. I lose my keys and my phone just about every day. I can never find my computer power cord. I couldn’t tell you the last time I owned a pair of sunglasses for more than a week or two.
Myth: God only cares about the money you give to the church. Truth: God cares about what you don’t give to the church as much or more than what you do. Why do I believe that? Of the more than 800 passages about finances in the Bible, most are in reference to spending–not giving. Jesus