How’s Your Vocabulary?

I have three daughters, ages 14 years, 10 years, and 22 months. Before you ask: I don’t know what we were thinking and yes, that is a big gap. But lately I’ve been amazed at just how quickly my youngest daughter has gone from pointing and yelling “dat!” while we…

My Favorite Idol

My favorite idol is busyness. Allow me to explain. It’s not that I like being busy. It’s that I have built my life around it. Maybe you have, too. You might believe that God has called you to pastoral ministry. I certainly do. You might also believe that he has…

Nothing to Lose. Nothing to Prove.

Over the past several months I have had the pleasure of meeting with a young church leader. Just a few months ago his home church tapped him to step into a full-time role for which he was not prepared. They knew him well, watched his life and considered him worthy of…

Leading From Second Place

This is a follow-up to my very first blog post on this site, 5 Things Your Number Two Needs From You, where I encouraged lead pastors and other leaders to make sure that they are being intentional with how they lead the leaders under them. If you’re in a place…

Shred It

Has anyone else spent time this past year thinking about what other career they could be doing besides ministry? The thought entered my mind a few times, and I am certain I am not alone. Many of us have experienced an exodus of people, hurtful comments, betrayal, depression, abandonment…you name…

Why Bother With Credentialing?

Licenses and credentials are nothing new to us. If you drive a car, there is a process of written and practical evaluation to become a licensed driver, and systems of accountability for misusing the privilege of operating several tons of metal and plastic at high speed. Various professions require licensing,…

Deconstruction Discouragement: Please Lord, Not Another One…

One of the most painful experiences of my life was the discovery that someone very close to me, with whom I had served in a local church setting for many years, had “deconstructed” and no longer considered himself a Christian. I initially responded poorly by getting personally offended and aggressively…

Leading Through Pain

By a show of hands, how many of you have experienced some type of pain over the past year or so? I know I can’t see them lifted, but humor me and do it anyway? For the record, both of my hands are lifted pretty high. With all sincerity and…

Choose Your Adventure

Many of you are most likely familiar with the Choose Your Own Adventure, or Secret Path Books. In these series of children’s books, where each story is written from a second-person point of view, the reader assumes the role of the main character, and makes choices that determine the outcome…

Before You Say Yes

It was a blistering hot day hiking in the Tetons. Keeping up with my sons and friends who were in better shape than me was quite a task. There were times they would get ahead of me and, in goodwill, wait till I caught up with them … and then…

When The Leaders Are Tired

I’m tired.    I’m really tired. My guess is many of you are tired too. The last thing we need is to rehash all the things that have worn us down this past year and a half.  We also don’t need more theology on rest. This isn’t some sort of…

What’s Your Next Move?

“You’re like a chess piece that God has moved around the board.”  What was I supposed to make of that comment as I interviewed for a middle school pastor role in my forties?  Rewind many years. In the Lord’s sovereign grace toward me, he has disrupted my plans and my ambitions at many points in my life. To say that my vocational pathway has been like taking the scenic route is a huge understatement. However, when I landed…

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