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 »

Book Review: “Lessons in Belonging,” by Erin Lane

Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe by Erin S. Lane IVP Books, 2015 I haven’t had the pleasure of doing a book review in a while (actually haven’t had the time to read or write much), so I was pleased to see this title come along. Part of my ministry is talking to active pastors who ask me… Read more »

Our Four Heroes In Life

I was listening to one of my new favorite podcasts recently, “I Was There Too,” and heard something really neat. The host, Matt Gourley was interviewing actor Stephen Tobolowsky who is famously known from Deadwood and Groundhog Day (Ned Ryerson). Tobolowsky was recalling a conversation he had with director Harold Ramis who told him that each of us has four… Read more »

What Are We To Think of “The Other Woman”?

I recently wrote a blog giving advice to “the other woman.” You know, the woman caught in adultery. The woman the pastor has an affair with. The mistress. But what should we think of “the other woman”? I’ve never liked any of those terms. I guess it’s because I was a pastor and married the woman I had an affair… Read more »

My Own Stupid Self-Righteousness

Sometimes I really think I’ve got it all figured out. When I look back on my pastoring days before my fall, I realize that I was very judgmental and had a streak of self-righteousness. To be fair, I did have some times when I was very caring and non-judgmental. But there were times when I wandered into the harshness of… Read more »

Pastors In Trouble: What Can Be Done?

We’ve been looking at the current crisis facing the church today – pastors are falling at an alarming rate. Many are feeling tremendous pressure, conflict, and other forces that they are leaving the ministry, committing adultery and some are committing suicide. In summary, what can be done? Associations, denominational leaders, bishops, and state leadership groups need to be intentional about… Read more »

The Church and the Kid With the Poopy Pants

My lovely wife, Allison was listening to some syndicated radio show a while back. The hosts were talking about something that happened at church to one of them: Female host: “I was in church for Easter and a family with a two year old sat next to me. The two year old was very disruptive. He was throwing Legos on my… Read more »

Hey Wait, I’m The Samaritan!

I remember the touching story of the “Good” Samaritan growing up in Sunday School. Jesus told it in response to a question asked him – “Who is my neighbor?” Dude gets beat up while traveling home. He’s left for dead by the side of the road. A priest and a Levite both pass him by and ignore the heck out of him…. Read more »

Where Is Christ When We Fail?

Everyone knows the story of Judas. He was the great betrayer of Christ. For silver, for mere money, he betrayed the Savior. For him, there was no Disney ending. There was suicide. There was no chance to redeem himself. Even at one point, he realized his error. In Matthew 27, it says: “Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was… Read more »