The Death of Pastoral Ministry

The majority of those who embark on the journey of pastoral ministry will end up being a statistic of burnout, depression, exhaustion, and bitterness. On average, seminary-trained pastors will last less than five years in pastoral ministry. This is a problem. Our current philosophy of ministry is killing the pastoral office. As many of youContinue reading “The Death of Pastoral Ministry”

Forged in Fire: Suffering & Christianity

I’m not a big fan of television. I don’t have moral reasons against it, I just find it horribly boring most of the time. There are two shows that I will watch when they are on: The Walking Dead (of course) and Forged in Fire. Forged in Fire is a contest show that awards moneyContinue reading “Forged in Fire: Suffering & Christianity”

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”

The Great Invitation (Message)

Here is a message I recently preached about the Samaritan woman Jesus encounters at the well. I pray that it encourages you in your faith and helps you understand just how much God loves you! (If you are reading this in your e-mail you may have to go to the actual page to watch theContinue reading “The Great Invitation (Message)”

How to Not FAIL At Setting Goals!

#GOALS (Click to Open!) It’s a new year and many of us are determined to improve our lives. We set goals for our finances, health, spiritual life, family, and many other areas. The problem is only 8% of people actually accomplish the goals they set! In this message, I share some practical steps on howContinue reading “How to Not FAIL At Setting Goals!”

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?”

Why all the denominations?

People are often puzzled by the incredible amount of denominations in Christianity – especially in the United States. Many of these denominations began in the 1800s as people began to apply the principles of democracy and personal freedom to religion. As people exercised what they believed to be God-given reason and logic, it fostered aContinue reading “Why all the denominations?”

The Truth Will Make You… Odd?

I have recently finished reading a few excellent and thought-provoking short stories by Flannery O’Connor. O’Connor lived from 1925 – 1964. Her writing attacked the popular ideas of racism held in honor by many in the United States (especially in the south). The following reflections come from her story “Why Do The Heathen Rage.” RatherContinue reading “The Truth Will Make You… Odd?”

It Takes ALL Kinds of Churches…

This post is the first of a series posts of my reflections on the Small Town, Big Church Roundtable event I attended at The Rescue Church. This past Wednesday, I had an incredible opportunity to connect with other pastors and leaders in small churches. This was both encouraging and challenging. One of the ways IContinue reading “It Takes ALL Kinds of Churches…”