I’m Not Sure What To Do About Racial Issues

I’m Not Sure What To Do About Racial Issues

Can I be honest and admit that I'm never sure what to say or do when cultural chaos ensues? I don’t typically shake my fist or point my finger at every news update, but when sinful, systemic racism and/or injustice takes center stage, men and women of God need to...

Does Your Pastor Need A Support Team?

Does Your Pastor Need A Support Team?

While everyone wants a healthy pastor who lives and serves with integrity, some church leaders are in a strategic position to help their pastor stay above reproach. My last church created a Pastoral Support Team to help me to lead my life, family, and ministry well....

My Simple Quarantine Routine

My Simple Quarantine Routine

The Gospel is the good news about the finished work of Jesus, yet a pastor’s work never seems to be finished – especially during a crisis. Pastors and ministry leaders have been in a hard ministry sprint for over a month, and we are tired. This season has brought both...

Ideas For Reopening Our Churches

Ideas For Reopening Our Churches

There are two pressing questions on the minds of pastors and church leaders today: When should we reopen? How can we reopen safely? This week the Oklahoma Baptist team I am honored to serve with curated several ideas from pastors in live meetings of 10 or less, as...

4 Things Our Children Will Remember About COVID-19

4 Things Our Children Will Remember About COVID-19

Watergate television updates in 1972 were nothing more than interruptions to my cartoons. As a seven year old, I remember wondering how the whole White House got flooded in the first place. Children are not supposed to feel the weight of the world, much less...

4 Mistakes To Avoid During This Pandemic

4 Mistakes To Avoid During This Pandemic

Caregivers who are experiencing Coronafatigue could use some practical encouragement right about now. It doesn't take long to get caught up in the whirlwind as we play wack-a-mole to family and church challenges that we have never faced before. Here are four of the...

3 Lame Reasons Spouses Stop Dating

3 Lame Reasons Spouses Stop Dating

Most of us heard the familiar “leave” and “cleave” passage at our weddings. The term cleave literally means “to pursue hard” - which is how every marriage will grow through the various seasons of our lives.  “A man leaves his father and mother and bonds/cleaves with...

4 Resolutions You MUST Make in 2020

4 Resolutions You MUST Make in 2020

What if this year you made life-changing New Years’ resolutions instead of a bunch of lame ones that you will eventually blow off?  Some pastors are resolution rebels who discourage others from making any resolutions by pointing out the high rate of failure. They are...

4 Ways To Blow Your Ministry Exit At Retirement

4 Ways To Blow Your Ministry Exit At Retirement

I have several pastor friends who are looking down the barrel of retirement. Some are fearlessly excited about their next chapter of life and ministry. Some are flat out frightened by the whole idea of leaving the pastorate. All of us want to finish strong one day...

Thanking God For Future Blessings

Thanking God For Future Blessings

As Janet and I are packing up our metro Nashville house in preparation for our move from Nashville to Tulsa, we are also preparing emotionally for the next chapter of our life and ministry. Moving evokes in us both grief and joy simultaneously...grief over who and...

OKLAHOMA!

OKLAHOMA!

In November I am starting a new chapter of ministry in Oklahoma as the Director of Pastoral Development & Regional Ministry Partner for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. For those who want to know a little bit more, keep reading.  LifeWay  Five...

Depression And The Ministry

Depression And The Ministry

After pastoring in a fog of clinical depression, I came very close to walking away from my church and the ministry ten years ago. I had been pastoring for 22 years at the time, and was burned out and fed up—mostly with myself. Thanks to the help of my doctor and...

4 Things a Pastor is NOT

4 Things a Pastor is NOT

Admit it. You do not have enough time or energy to do everything that is expected of you. I’m in that same leaky boat. The good news is that we are not supposed to. Although our gifts and calling are irrevocable, they do not make us invincible.  What if we...

Dear Angry Christian…

Dear Angry Christian…

Dear angry Christian, you have a problem and therefore have become one to others. Not sure if you qualify? Finishing the following sentence will help you know whether this post is pointed at you. You might be an angry Christian if… You clinch your fist when you...

6 Ways To Protect Your Marriage

6 Ways To Protect Your Marriage

When I answered God’s call to ministry at 16 years of age, I don’t remember considering any part of my biblical job description. I gave no thought to how some day my marriage would impact my ministry, or visa versa. In some respects, I am glad I didn’t realize all of...

5 Ways To Fight Preaching/Teaching Fatique

5 Ways To Fight Preaching/Teaching Fatique

We vowed to preach the word … in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2), so should we be surprised when an out of season experience sneaks up on us? No matter how much we love to prepare and preach sermons, or teach group lessons, we will all eventually run out of...

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...