Category Archives: encouragement

Leaving Our Mark On Eternity

I often wonder about the story of Elijah, the widow and her son in 1 Kings 17. God commanded Elijah to travel to the house of a widow and when he arrived, she had only enough food for one meal. She and her son were starving. In fact, she told Elijah, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked,… Read more »

A Simple Prayer for the Fallen Pastor

I hear from fallen pastors on a weekly basis. This ministry is a joy because there’s not much out there like it. When I fell four years ago, I felt useless. Now God has transformed my brokenness and allowed me to be useful once again. When I talk to them on the phone, it’s almost always the same. I can… Read more »

Book Review: “52 Heartlifters for Difficult Times” by Diana Savage

Diana Savage’s book, “52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times” has received some great reviews as a devotional book for all kinds of people. I’d like to take the time to let pastors know why they need to have several copies of this book in their office. First, Diana is an expert in helping broken hearts heal. She has worked to… Read more »

For All The Sinning Ministers Out There

The title of this post is a little misleading. All ministers are sinners. I’m writing this for every minister, but I’m not. Every church leader should read this, but I’ve got a serious message for a specific group of pastors. I get at least two emails a week from people whose lives have been changed because a pastor has committed… Read more »

What Do Pastors Really Know?

I wrote a blog a while back challenging whether pastoring was the toughest job in the world. I got some good feedback, but I wanted to clarify that blog a little. Pastors do undergo a lot of stress. I write about the high expectations pastors face in my book, “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World.” Pastors are expected… Read more »

Gay Marriage, the Church, and the Jesus Response

I was so thankful yesterday to get a Facebook inbox message from a friend who was concerned about the current argument in America over gay marriage. Like many Christians, she was concerned about the moral failure of the country. She had been watching Facebook and so have I. I too, have seen many comments like, “Why don’t people see what… Read more »

Pastors Need Comfort To Avoid Disaster

(Over the next few posts, I’m going to talk about several reasons why the book “Fallen Pastor” is for anyone concerned about the future of the church. We are in the midst of a crisis and need to understand how to approach it). I conducted an interview recently with Joy Wilson, author of “Uncensored Prayer.” I asked her a question that… Read more »

Leaving Our Mark On Eternity

I’ve got a new post up over at Provoketive Magazine entitled, “Leaving Our Mark On Eternity.” It’s about making sure we express our love for people in this life while we still have time. Here’s an excerpt: One of the most regrettable things we can do is let time pass without telling someone how we feel. One of the best things… Read more »

What I Don’t Miss About Pastoring: Pastoral Pettiness

I’ve shared three things I really miss about pastoring. That means I can be petty now and share things I don’t miss. Speaking of being petty, I don’t miss pastoral pettiness. Most church members are oblivious to pastoral pettiness. It’s something pastors only toss around amongst themselves. It’s prideful, disgusting, but we do it anyway. And it can lead to… Read more »

What I Don’t Miss About Pastoring: Pastoral Pettiness

I’ve shared three things I really miss about pastoring. That means I can be petty now and share things I don’t miss. Speaking of being petty, I don’t miss pastoral pettiness. Most church members are oblivious to pastoral pettiness. It’s something pastors only toss around amongst themselves. It’s prideful, disgusting, but we do it anyway. And it can lead to… Read more »