The Truth Shall Make You Odd
Mar13

The Truth Shall Make You Odd

Recently, I’ve been reading a book called, The Truth Shall Make You Odd: Speaking with Pastoral Integrity in Awkward Situations, by Frank Honeycutt. There are several strengths to this book–such as writing style, fresh takes on familar texts, etc. However, it was the title of the book that drew me to it. Telling the truth in awkward or painful situations is a vitally important subject for God’s people and...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 92
Sep06

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 92

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: This Sunday will be the grand reopening of New Vintage Church. By “reopening” I don’t mean we were ever shut down. I mean “reopening” to full capacity based on our worship center being under remodel through the summer. The entire thing (a capital campaign and remodel) brought with it some risk for our young church, which is still only two years and four months old since our launch....

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Do You Enjoy Ministry?
Aug19

Do You Enjoy Ministry?

Indulge me for just a moment: Yesterday was such a great day of ministry I could barely go to sleep. I enjoyed it so much, I found myself saying, “I can’t believe I get to do this!” The praise was powerful, the church was dialed in from the get-go, we had a really powerful time of worship together, and the Gospel was preached. I thoroughly enjoyed ministry yesterday. However, I found myself thinking of the days in...

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Independence Day
Jul04

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! There. I said it. Was that so hard? Not for me. For whatever reason, some Christians these days seem to have difficulty simply being thankful for our country. When, on some occasion, they attempt to do so, they often feel as though they must put an asterisk by it…making it clear they are not trying to suggest America is better than anyone else and pointing out the various problems America has. They also want to...

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What Avocados Teach Us About Leadership
Jul01

What Avocados Teach Us About Leadership

Some time ago, I spent some time with a long-time mentor. I was describing some leadership issues and asked for his advice. He cited a Latino farming proverb. I won’t try to say it in Spanish, I’ll just offer it’s meaning: “the avocados sort themselves out in the walking.” Or, something like that. I don’t like avocados. In fact, I’ve never even tried them (gasp). I really don’t know how...

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How Much Should I Share with My Spouse?
Mar20

How Much Should I Share with My Spouse?

How much of what happens at church should be shared with our spouses? The short answer: What builds trust in marriage, and unity of heart in ministry. Looking back, I did our young marriage no favors by sharing everything that happened at church with Emily. I would come home, and she would ask how my day was. My response on a bad day was to lay out all the frustrating or hurtful stuff that happened. My response on a good day was,...

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