Why Evangelism Is Easier To Preach About Than Practice

Why Evangelism Is Easier To Preach About Than Practice

When Janet and I spoke at a marriage retreat on the Oregon coast, we were rendered breathless by its rugged coastline, enormous fir trees, and flowing waterfalls. In 1805, the great explorers Lewis and Clark discovered many of these same riches, but they missed out on...

Debunking Mentoring Myths

Debunking Mentoring Myths

Several assumptions and generalizations about mentoring have morphed into myths over time. In this post I will walk back a couple of those assumptions for the purpose of helping you find a mentor. We all need one to help us grow as a person and as a pastor. If we set...

3 Ways to Ruin Easter for Everybody

3 Ways to Ruin Easter for Everybody

Each year I am tempted to allow Easter to sneak past me without taking time to really enjoy it. That probably sounds strange since it seems like everyone else enjoys Easter: parents, kids, church members—even the unchurched, to a degree. Even though Easter is a...

Top 4 Questions About Pastors’ Kids

Top 4 Questions About Pastors’ Kids

On March 9, 2016, an off-duty Jacksonville, FL sheriff’s detective was taking his 14- year-old son to school when he decided to pull over a white Cadillac after seeing it driving erratically. Kevin Rojas had just threatened his girlfriend with a gun and fired shots in their house before taking off in his car. Rojas immediately opened fire, hitting the detective in the head, upper body and hand. The detective returned fire, but missed.

5 Fence Posts For Sexual Purity

5 Fence Posts For Sexual Purity

Last summer a young man named Ramjan fell to his death off of a 170 foot waterfall in India while attempting to pose for a selfie. Eyewitnesses said visitors tried to stop Ramjan from walking near the edge of the cliff, but were told he was “not afraid of anything.”...

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 53,...

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...