Making Sense of Change

Making Sense of Change

Everywhere I look, I see transitions underway. Whether it be friends retiring or relocating, local congregations facing a myriad of change or significant family transitions, everyone is undergoing some sort of change. For several decades, I have watched a parade of...
An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

Healthy Christians are people of gratitude and generosity. That is a clear biblical truth that has been lived out across the years in church history. If the gospel has not penetrated a person’s heart to the point that they are profoundly grateful, then a key...
Things Jesus Never Said

Things Jesus Never Said

There are some things you will just never hear. Ever seen those lists? “On tonight’s news, we have nothing but good and uplifting stories to report!” Sorry, that’s just not going to happen.  Or maybe you’ve seen the list of comments a pastor is likely...
When you pastor the Titanic

When you pastor the Titanic

What if you knew that your congregation was on a collision course with its demise? What would you do? Who would you tell? How would it change the way you lead? Would it affect your sense of urgency? Would it help you better distinguish between minor and major...
Are you Ill? 

Are you Ill? 

My grandmother often used a word to describe herself or other people. It was the word “ill”. She did not use it to describe someone who was sick with a cold or the flu. She used it to describe an attitude, a demeanor, or a spirit. For example, if someone were rude or...