My Spiritual Growth Plan for 2018

My Spiritual Growth Plan for 2018

If your spiritual fitness plan for 2018 resembles your physical fitness plan, do you think the results will be any more favorable or less predictable? This is not a trick question, nor should it be a complicated one. Every pastor and leader intends on growing each...

Christmas Eve Is Gospel Go Time!

Christmas Eve Is Gospel Go Time!

For pastors and church members who care about their unsaved friends and family - Christmas is Gospel go time! Church members, I want to encourage you to boldly invite your friends and family to Christmas Eve services this Sunday. You might be pressured to skip out...

What Is The Best Ministry Title To Use?

What Is The Best Ministry Title To Use?

What do people call you at church? Does it really matter to you, to them or to God? Titles seem to be more important to the modern church than they were to the first century church. For example, consider how the Apostle Paul typically introduces himself (and his team)...

What I Am Most Thankful For

What I Am Most Thankful For

Nobody has a perfect life, so there will always be something legitimate for us to complain about. Inspired by the Pilgrims, we set aside a day to thank God for the blessings in our lives - so I'll prime the pump for you with this brief post about what I am most...

The Reformation Started as a Conversation

The Reformation Started as a Conversation

/ Martin Luther did not set out to start a movement. The Reformation all started with a conversation, or scheduled debate, among his professor peers. Luther entered an Augustinian monastery in 1505 and began reading the New Testament in the original Greek. He...

Paul Powell Legacy Library

Paul Powell Legacy Library

My childhood pastor Paul W. Powell, was a great pastor and communicator. His successor at Green Acres, Dr. David Dykes has created the online Paul Powell Legacy Library to ensure that this treasure of insights was not lost. The online Library contains a growing number...

Are You a Church Planter or a Pirate?

Are You a Church Planter or a Pirate?

I assume the best of motives for pastors and lay-people who desire to plant a new campus or church without hurting other local churches. There are some inevitable mistakes every church planter or planting church will make, but some mis-steps have further reaching...

4 Ways to Blow Your Ministry Exit

4 Ways to Blow Your Ministry Exit

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...

A Flood of Relief

A Flood of Relief

When the largest rainstorm in U.S. history evoked historic flooding, it also triggered a flood of relief - which has been beautiful to watch. It has been one week since Harvey landed as a category 4 hurricane in Texas. Today he is still pestering neighborhoods like...

Confessions of a Neithervert

Confessions of a Neithervert

When people ask me if I am an introvert or extrovert, I confess that I never really know what to say. That is like asking if I am for Auburn or Alabama. How about neither? Today I am speaking up for those who have no obvious affinity to introversion or extroversion by...

8 Tips to Help You Disciple Your Kids

8 Tips to Help You Disciple Your Kids

Guest post by Brian Dembowczyk  My oldest son, Joshua, took up soccer this past spring and will continue this fall. My wife and I have really enjoyed watching him play, and even as a beginner at the age of 12, he seems like he has the temperament, body frame, and...

What Promises Did You Make At Your Wedding?

What Promises Did You Make At Your Wedding?

In a couple of months Janet and I are going to Europe to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. She has earned this trip! In an unapologetic effort to rack up even more marriage points, I will start a new 4 week sermon series this Sunday called VOWS in the church I...

A Dangerous Game of Thrones

A Dangerous Game of Thrones

Jesus promised the original 12 disciples thrones from which to judge the tribes of Israel, and almost immediately they start itching to get in them. In their excitement they mistakenly told their friends and family. Jesus had just moments earlier predicted his trial,...

Pastors Are NOT Quitting In Droves

Pastors Are NOT Quitting In Droves

Each time a pastor prematurely exits the ministry race, I grieve. I also grieve each time I hear the awful pastor retention stats which are unsubstantiated and sometimes exaggerated. Here are a couple of examples of recent headlines and bylines from usually reliable...

Do Deacons Have Your Back?

Do Deacons Have Your Back?

Early in his ministry, a handful of deacons from First Baptist, Orlando came to Dr. Jim Henry’s home to pray for him. They told him, Anybody who comes after you has to come through us first. Dr. Henry later said, Those guys kept their word. Deacons have had my back...

How to Become a 4 Generation Church

How to Become a 4 Generation Church

What does an ideal church look like in your mind? My version has the perfect blend of four generations, like most nuclear families do. A 4G church will have great-grandparents and toddlers loving each other without any trace of pretense. If your church is a magnet for...

What Is Legit Discipleship?

What Is Legit Discipleship?

This post may spark an argument in your next staff or leadership meeting. Hopefully, it will actually prevent one. I recently found myself pulled into a discussion with some discipleship pastors about what real discipleship is. The guys in that room believe...

6 Dangerous Marriage Myths

6 Dangerous Marriage Myths

Pastors are the only professionals on the planet who are required to win at home and work. Our job description has been clear about this for more than two millennia (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1). Our spouses and kids do not escape the pressure of the pastorate either. My...

3 Ways I Deal With Death

3 Ways I Deal With Death

The saying, “you win some you lose some,” hits close to home today. Today I celebrate my biggest win - 37 years ago today I asked Jesus to save my soul from sin and death. June 12 will always be my spiritual birthday and I am so glad I accepted His gift of eternal...

7 Things Pastors Wish Their Congregation Knew

7 Things Pastors Wish Their Congregation Knew

I’m going to tell you some things about your pastor that he will probably never tell you, but probably wants you to know. It may be presumptuous of me to speak on behalf of your pastor, but I think you will both benefit from my third party perspective. 1. Your pastor...