Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 in Review for

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click… Read more »

1,500 Americans Are Disappearing A Month – Did You Notice?

There is a tragedy that has been taking place for a long time around us. According to one statistic, 1,500 pastors a month leave the ministry due to conflict, burnout, or moral failure. 1,500. If you like annual statistics, that’s 18,000 a year. I remember on the first day of seminary orientation, the leader told us that only half of… Read more »

Fallen Pastor: The Book, Part 7, The Sinner And The Sermon

I’ve had a lot of great feedback from people who have read varying drafts of my upcoming book: Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World. (Looking for book reviewers, by the way). One of the most productive comments came from Mark Roberts, an excellent Christian Blogger. He said that there was an issue that I needed to address –… Read more »

Fallen Pastor: The Book, Part 6, Engaging The Culture

Two years ago, after I fell from ministry, I began to call other fallen ministers. I did so to try to make some sense of the situation I was in. I knew I had sinned, but I wanted to see where all of this was leading. I wanted to know if reconciliation with my former church was even a possibility…. Read more »

Fallen Pastor: The Book, Part 5, A Crazy Little Thing Called Sovereignty

Allison texted me while I was working at my sports medicine job on Tuesday night. “You’re never going to believe what I’m holding in my hands right now,” the text said. “What?” I texted back. “Can you get pics where u r?” “Y,” I sent back. I figured our cat had come back home after a four week hiatus. But… Read more »

Fallen Pastor: The Book, Part 4, Putting The Fallen Pastor In His Place

I’ve been trying to give you a behind the scenes idea of what went into the writing of my book. This time, I’m directing you to a post I’ve written for Provoketive Magazine where I’m a featured writer. In this article, “Putting the Fallen Pastor in His Place,” I deal with an issue that I purposely don’t deal with in… Read more »

The Humanity of Christ Is Not To Be Feared, Part 3

Check out my latest post at Provoketive Magazine – it’s the third part of my series on the humanity of Christ. Here’s an excerpt: When I was growing up, a strong emphasis was placed on the divinity of Christ. So much that His humanity was seen as an “added bonus.” It was hard for me when I got to seminary… Read more »

Fallen Pastor Book Updates, Release and Book Signings

Wanted to pass along a few updates about the book and some of the details for those who might have missed them. First, “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World” is set for release from Civitas Press on January 2. It is available for preorder from Civitas’ bookstore right now and will be available from Amazon around the sale… Read more »

The Humanity of Christ Is Not To Be Feared, Part 2

Check out part two of my series on the humanity of Christ over at Provoketive Magazine. Here’s an excerpt: One day, we came to Matthew 24:36. Jesus, speaking of His return said, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” That’s been a troublesome verse for… Read more »

The Humanity of Christ Is Not To Be Feared, Part 1

I wrote a series of articles for Provoketive Magazine called “The Humanity of Christ Is Not To Be Feared.” Part 1 is up today with the next two articles appearing tomorrow and the next day. The series deals with my beliefs about Christ’s humanity while growing up – how I was raised neglecting it and overemphasizing His deity. How my… Read more »