Three Ways to Prevent Burnout

This is the sixth post in a series of reflections based on Jared Wilson’s book “The Pastor’s Justification.” Beautiful explosions filled the sky this past week as people around the United States celebrated Independence Day. One of the evenings when Ava (my almost 8 month old daughter) wasn’t able to sleep, we gazed out theContinue reading “Three Ways to Prevent Burnout”

The Idol of “Success.”

This is the third post in a series of reflections based on Jared Wilson’s book “The Pastor’s Justification.” I had the honor of helping launch the Garretson Campus of The Rescue Church in October of 2014. I immediately had dreams of outgrowing our building in a week and breaking ground on a new facility. IContinue reading “The Idol of “Success.””

Three Myths about Ministry

I have just finished a tremendous book on pastoral ministry called “The Pastor’s Justification” by Jared Wilson. Over the next few weeks I will reflect on the ways this book has challenged my view of ministry and leadership. Wilson has put into words ideas which have burned strongly in my mind for the past fewContinue reading “Three Myths about Ministry”

I Meet With a Therapist.

I am utterly weak and unqualified to be a pastor. My leadership is ruled more by timidity than boldness. My actions often derive from a desire to please people rather than God. The motivation behind my preaching springs from a desire for the praise of man rather than the affirmations of the Father… far more thanContinue reading “I Meet With a Therapist.”

Your Life NEEDS Margin!

I absolutely love to read. Books give us the possibility of entering into a conversation with people we will never meet. These authors teach us about life, marriage, faith, and the art of story-telling. Yet a badly designed book can have devastating consequences on the ability of the reader to enjoy it! On the left,Continue reading “Your Life NEEDS Margin!”

Clergy Aren’t Respected Anymore… Is That Good?

Those who hold the title of clergy have been experiencing a fall from popular culture. The image of a pastor has transformed from a caring individual, dedicated to bringing hope and restoration into a community to a televangelist bent on stealing money from the poor through the prosperity gospel. This seems like a new phenomenon. It’sContinue reading “Clergy Aren’t Respected Anymore… Is That Good?”

Jesus and the Crowd

I hate large crowds. Yup, I know that is pretty ironic since I am a pastor. I actually do not mind being up front speaking to a large crowd but I hate being in the middle of a bunch of people. What I REALLY hate is if there is a large crowd of people andContinue reading “Jesus and the Crowd”

Paul’s Mission (Chapter 29 – The Story)

I had the honor of sharing from the Bible this past Sunday at The Rescue Church. Below are the video and notes from the message! The Story – Part 29 “Paul’s Mission” Paul’s Mission and Transformation The Apostle Paul was the first terrorist towards Christianity. (Acts 9:1-9) One of the greatest witnesses to the worldContinue reading “Paul’s Mission (Chapter 29 – The Story)”

The Key to Humility

What does true humility look like? Is it a person who feels as if he is the scum of the earth and believes everyone else is better than him? Is “humility” just a big theological term for low self-esteem? I don’t think so. Brennan Manning, in his book Ruthless Trust, says this about humility, “HumbleContinue reading “The Key to Humility”

God Is Not Angry At You.

God is not angry at you. Whenever I see Street Preachers screaming at the top of their lungs, proclaiming that every single person around them is going to Hell, I cannot stand it! These “preachers” attempt to scare people into the Kingdom of God. They make God out to be an angry, abusive, and distantContinue reading “God Is Not Angry At You.”