5 Legacy Lessons I Learned From Paul Powell

When my childhood pastor Paul W. Powell went to heaven just after Christmas, he left a few things behind for his family, friends, and preacher-boys. I am one of those boys, and have learned many things from Dr. Powell in the last 45 years. Here are the five lessons I...

LifeWay’s Worst Kept Secret

You have probably heard the rumor that LifeWay has updated the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). Last year this may have been the worst kept secret amongst our evangelical friends.  After preaching from the HCSB for a decade and reading this refreshed CSB...

When Sheep Bite!

Today’s encouraging post is by my wife Janet Dance, who has an encouraging word for pastor’s wives about responding to the inevitable challenges of ministry. You can also see a summary of this post on Janet's 3 minute Facebook Live video. “Sheep bite”, a young...

2 Things Every Pastor Must Do BEFORE Leading

Sheep will let you lead them if you first love and feed them. This lesson is crucial for task-oriented pastors like me. This was Peter's blind spot also, which is why his post-resurrection restoration was such a pivotal moment in his life and ministry. In Jesus' third...

Ten Annoying Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing

I have noticed a few annoying patterns amongst our tribe that just need to stop...immediately. I’m curious if you recognize these patterns in other pastors or yourself. Also, I would love to hear your opinion on typical pastoral patterns of behavior that need to stop....

3 Tips For a Holiday Refresh

Many of you are like me, overdue for a break. I have an encouraging word for you that I came across in my devotional reading: refresh. It is a Greek compound word that means “to breath again." It can also mean to recover, take the air, cool off, or revive.The holidays...

Mentoring Gold From Dr. Ronnie Floyd

Ronnie Floyd guest post today has some mentoring gold that I know pastors and church leaders will benefit from:Dear Fellow Ministers,In recent weeks, I have felt the need to write a special letter to you. Therefore, from my heart to your heart, I share these...

Thanking God For My Friends

The loss of a very close friend this summer helped me to realize how important my friends are to me. Craig Miller’s accidental death rocked me to my core. I was hurting and in need of the same consolation I have been dishing out to others for almost thirty years....

3 Post-Election Pastoring Tips

People are tired of politics, but I would suggest pastors address the elephant-elect in the room this Sunday anyway. It would be unwise to underestimate the impact you as a pastor can have on your members in particular, or our beloved country in general. It would be...

Why You Should WAIT Before You GO

Why You Should WAIT Before You GO

If I’m in a car, I prefer to be in the driver’s seat. This is more of a confession than a boast. I want to know where I am going, what the most efficient route is, and most of all - I want to be in control. Our driving preferences are a direct reflection of our...