Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

One of the projects I’m working on these days is to help three presbyteries in the Mountain West think about their future.  All three are experiencing the decline with which most American churches wrestle.  All three been helping churches...
The Words We Use

The Words We Use

I am reading a wonderful book by James and Deborah Fallows called Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. Over a five-year period, James and Deb traveled throughout America flying a single-engine prop plane. The purpose of their trip was...
Life by the Clock or life by the Compass?

Life by the Clock or life by the Compass?

Which do you live by: Clock or compass? If the clock dictates, your life is consumed with the immediate and pressing issues of the moment. Clock-life is focused on short-term results. If the clock rules, you find yourself racing from event to event in a mad...
Are you ready for the 2020’s?

Are you ready for the 2020’s?

The 2020’s are upon us, and while I am not interested in speculation, I believe it is important to stop and assess what our current trends suggest we will be dealing with in the coming decade. Here are some very initial and quite limited thoughts about what is before...
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...
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...