Why I Tithe – Part 1
Jan15

Why I Tithe – Part 1

Tithing is a beautiful thing. I’m a tither and always have been, other than a brief time from graduate school through the first year or two of ministry. The reason for that period was I didn’t realize that as my income had increased from “grad student extraordinaire (tongue in cheek) to full-time minister I didn’t adjust my weekly giving amount. I still gave regularly–just not to the level of the tithe....

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My Top 10 Posts of 2013
Dec30

My Top 10 Posts of 2013

Below is a list of my top 10 most popular blog posts of 2013. Thank you so much for reading this blog and for caring about your growth as a Christian and/or church leader. Every blogger has moments when she or he asks whether it’s worth it to make oneself vulnerable through an outlet like this—and whether or not the work involved in blogging is worth it. Your readership this year has encouraged me greatly. I’ve been blogging for...

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Stay Away from the Ministry Casino
Dec04

Stay Away from the Ministry Casino

Risk is usually called, “stepping out on faith,” in church. That’s a shame, because they aren’t the same thing. There is such a thing as stepping out on faith. It’s just not the same as taking faith-based risks that make common sense. For instance, “stepping out on faith” might mean a church aspires to a particular goal or vision God has for them that will require stretching and perhaps some...

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The Hidden Gift of Great Leaders
Nov04

The Hidden Gift of Great Leaders

It’s taken me a while to really get this, but I’ve come to learn that part of growing as both a pastor and follower of Jesus is learning how to suffer. I’m not referring to some aimless masochism or developing a steely heart. I’m talking about enduring pain, sometimes even devastating pain, and walking obediently anyways. The hidden gift of great people, and certainly great leaders, is the ability to tolerate pain in themselves and...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 96
Oct11

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 96

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday morning: I can tell I’m in a bit of a bad mood this morning. I’m a little run down physically. But, it’s more just a random funk. We all have them now and then. I’m pulling for the Dodgers all the way at this point. I think they have a great shot against the Cardinals based on pitching matchups alone. The same goes for the Red Sox against the Tigers. The Tigers may only get one start out of...

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5 Common Mistakes Preachers Make & How to Fix Them
Oct02

5 Common Mistakes Preachers Make & How to Fix Them

Preaching week after week, year after year is extremely challenging. Doing so with any degree of consistency and excellence is even more challenging. No preachers is at their best every weekend. Personal matters and church issues can hurt preparation time. Sometimes the well just seems dry. There’s no freshness, no zip on the old fastball. Sometimes, we feel like there’s another gear out there somewhere–we just...

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