I have no stats to back this up, but I think people actually lie to pastors more than anyone else. It’s probably because we really do want to believe people have good intentions. It’s also probably because we live sheltered little lives and never really come into contact with sin–like really filthy, sticky sin. Because … More Five Lies Every Pastor Believes
I want you to take a moment and think. Think back and answer this question: When was the last time your whole family made it to church all four Sundays in a month? It seems like an easy question to answer, at first. But then you remember that your son had a basketball tournament two … More Can You Handle The Four Week Challenge?
I’m not going to go into all the details, but the past six months have been a stretching experience at the small church where I pastor. Many other small-town pastors can attest, finances are precarious at best at churches our size. Some time in the late summer 2016 as things were getting tighter and tighter, I … More Praying for Cattle Instead of Sheep
Have you ever noticed that you have a tendency to share with others about problems, trials, and tragedies, but you are less inclined to share the joys in your life? Why is that? I explore one purpose behind your personal joy in “Your Joy Soothes Another’s Grief” at Desiring God this week: “…What pastors experience acutely … More New Post at Desiring God
The college semester is back in session, and our church is seeking to minister to the flood of students who descended upon the liberal arts college a couple of blocks down the road. At 30, I am already beginning to feel that drift, as the gulf of experience between me and these young men and … More I Was a Lost Pinky Toe in College
This morning, I write from the comfortable environs of the Maine coast. For the past ten years running, I’ve escaped the August heat to the hospitable cool breeze of South Bristol where my in-laws welcome our rowdy family for two weeks of slow-paced family time. I often tell people that it feels like we skid to … More Pastoral Exhaustion Is a Good Thing