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...
Living on the Ledge

Living on the Ledge

Sometimes we find ourselves out on a ledge.  Personally, professionally, as churches.  The view can be spectacular, or it can be terrifying.  It all depends on which lens you choose to look through.Last weekend I was watching a documentary, Free Solo.  I don’t usually...
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...
Everyone Needs a Mentor

Everyone Needs a Mentor

Every day in my prayer time, I give thanks to God for the people who have mentored me and shaped my life along the way. Most of them were not formal relationships. They were simply people who invested in me or people from whom I sought advice. I’ll not share their...
In-Dependence

In-Dependence

The very first church I pastored was the First Baptist Church of Rosebud, TX.  Rosebud wasn’t exactly a bustling metropolis.  We numbered 1459 residents back in the day.  I remember going to denominational meetings and professional gatherings and coveting the...
Shifting from “Why?” to “Why Not?”

Shifting from “Why?” to “Why Not?”

Over the past eight years, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a consultant with numerous congregations around the country, trying to help them look directly into the adaptive challenges we all face.When I talk with them, they know the way they did church 20 years ago...