7 Pastoral Pet Peeves

7 Pastoral Pet Peeves

I’m embarrassed to say that this post did not take long for me to write. I am curious to see if you agree with these, and interested to hear some of your own. 1. Church announcementsPastors get frustrated when we get last minute announcement requests. Pre-service...
Pastors’ Hall of Fame

Pastors’ Hall of Fame

I recently attended an outdoor hall of fame banquet to celebrate the induction of a close friend. As several outdoor legends received well deserved recognition from peers and sponsors, the thought occurred to me that there is no equivalent event for pastors; at least...
Update On Our Family & Ministry

Update On Our Family & Ministry

Below is a short video update on our family and ministry. Thank you for praying for us as we serve pastors, spouses and seminarians. Also, thank you very much for subscribing to my blog posts! In 2019, you will get a brief, practical, and encouraging article and/or...
A Letter To My Younger Self

A Letter To My Younger Self

I have never written a letter to my younger self before today because the idea seemed impractical without a time machine. Then I considered how it might be helpful to a younger pastor. I took my first church in San Antonio in 1987. I was 22 years old, and, now at 54,...
Be An Encourager This Thanksgiving

Be An Encourager This Thanksgiving

Within the next five days, we will all reconnect with a lot of people in our lives. Janet and I will drive today from Nashville to my hometown of Tyler, Texas. We will celebrate Thanksgiving with my parents, siblings, and kids. Before we jump into the Dance family...
Are Our Pastors Being Discipled?

Are Our Pastors Being Discipled?

Discipleship is much easier to preach about than it is to practice. Pastors, like myself, are often more enthusiastic about making disciples than we are about being discipled. So, pastor, who is discipling you? Dr. Dan Garland is spot-on when he reminds pastors, “To...