Leading like the Good Shepherd

Leading like the Good Shepherd

What’s your guiding image for ministry leadership? In addition to the traditional roles of “pastor,” “priest,” and “prophet,” there are many others. Some of these images provide theological wisdom; some offer pragmatic guidance, and a few manage to do both. Among the...
Advent: Taking the Scenic Route to Bethlehem

Advent: Taking the Scenic Route to Bethlehem

Although plans were being developed for a new federal highway system as early as the 1930’s, construction for the Interstate Highway System was finally authorized by the Federal Highway Aid Act of 1956. However, by the time I-20 opened between Atlanta and Birmingham...
Keeping Jesus Right-Side Up

Keeping Jesus Right-Side Up

Just prior to closing the door, I noticed it.  “JESUS” was upside down. A few days ago, an unexpected wave of emotion swept over me as I was preparing to leave the pastor’s study of First Baptist Church for the final time as the senior pastor. With an open Bible, an...
BEing the Church

BEing the Church

Not long ago, a friend asked the question “When is a time you felt lonely, confused, hurt, or angry, and it was the church the saved or helped you?”  As I considered my answer to this question, several memories came to mind: The day that we had a miscarriage and our...