It’s easy for pastors to fall into an irrational logic concerning their worth and role as a minister of the gospel. I’ve often joked with fellow ministers about the seemingly thankless role of the senior pastor. If the church grows, God gets all the credit. If the church fails, it’s your fault! Revival is attributed […]
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You Will Never Win. . . . So Give it Away to a Better Cause.
Unfortunately, neither you nor I won the last big mega-millions jackpot. Since misery loves company, let’s see what we’ve learned. First, we are once again reminded, “You can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket.” More importantly, we’ve learned you won’t win if you do buy a ticket. You say, wait a minute, people win […]
A Biblical Perspective of Visionary Leadership
There have been many words written about vision. From vision casting, to vision statements, to visionaries, the world is full of vision. On many different occasions I’ve been asked to describe my vision or the vision for the church I pastor. My first response is usually an issue of clarification. “What do you mean by […]
Precious stone or kicking stone?
The Scripture says that in Christ each person is a precious stone, a living stone, chosen by God (1 Peter 2:5). Yet when we gaze into the mirror, we often don’t fully see this image. In our spiritual journey, many of us are unwilling to wait long enough for God’s perspective to be revealed in […]
Spare Me All But Love
My thoughts on the Apostle Paul’s words. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” Spare me your prophetic utterances. Spare me your spiritual manifestations and recitations. You may be able to sense or conjure up God’s spirit, but […]