What to Expect From Church Leaders

I read an article some time ago about a young woman who had applied to a certain college. Like at most schools, the application had several personal questions. To her surprise, she was accepted at this school. In her acceptance letter, it said something like this:...
Living in the Time of the Judges

Living in the Time of the Judges

“In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes.”      – Judges 21:25 Editorial comments like this are peppered throughout the book of Judges.  Its editor wanted to make sure we didn’t...
All We Need Is Love

All We Need Is Love

I stood in the chancel with the bride and groom. The moment’s significance was infused with the Spirit’s presence as we turned to the most familiar of wedding scriptures:  If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do...
A Church for Those Who Wander

A Church for Those Who Wander

The book of James closes with a most interesting assertion: “My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from...
A New Trend in Pastoral Calls

A New Trend in Pastoral Calls

In the Baptist world, an ecclesial culture that treasures local church autonomy and operates in a “free call” method for pastoral assignments, there seems to be a new trend emerging.  More and more Pastor Search Committees are considering associate ministers with...
Leadership in Turbulent Times

Leadership in Turbulent Times

This Christmas, I gave and received a great book. Let me introduce it to you if you have not already found it. Leadership in Turbulent Times is the latest book by historian and leadership expert Doris Kearns Goodwin. She builds on her earlier books about Abraham...
Asleep at Church

Asleep at Church

Several years ago, we tried something radical on Wednesday evenings at our church. Over the course of five weeks, we had prayer meeting. This was not simply the hospital list prayer meeting, this was honest prayer. One hour of prayer, five weeks in a row. Each week we...
Ministry and the Gifts of Christmas

Ministry and the Gifts of Christmas

Among the myriad gifts of Christmas are: Assurance that God is with us—“Emmanuel.” God is not aloof from us or disinterested in us—not, as Bette Midler once sang, merely “watching us from a distance.” God is among us and for us. Clarity about the character of God. God...
Predicting the Future

Predicting the Future

As I sit at my desk and look at the 14 inches of snow piled up outside my window, I think back to the weather forecasts that filled the TV screen in the days leading up to the storm. The forecast went from 8”-12” to 5”-8”. It went from heavy snow to freezing rain and...
My Tweets for Advent 2018

My Tweets for Advent 2018

Take time to listen, really listen, to the hearts, sounds and invitations this season of the year offers. Breathe once to let go, twice to be present and a third time for now what… Lower expectations, heighten relationships… Try to live at the pace of...