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Even All-Stars sometimes need a rest. I’m occasionally called on to pinch hit for another preacher. That’s what I’ve done in Florida recently for a couple of churches. Last weekend I was at a mega church with four services.
It was exhilarating . . . and exhausting! I almost forgot what it was like to be batting in the cleanup spot most every week for over 43 years. While the response that comes from young and old is always deeply gratifying, preaching also comes at a high price. Read more »

 

“This church is going to make it, even if I have to get a job selling shoes at K-Mart!” I’ll never forget sharing those words to a worried leader early in the life of our new church in Colorado. We had just finished a sobering meeting in which the plans for our first building were presented. After everyone had left the hotel conference room, my friend Grant and I were staring at the blueprints and calculating the costs. We were both more than a little scared. That’s when I surprised myself with a bold declaration. Read more »

 

Every miracle has a shelf life. It doesn’t matter how amazing the provision of the past, we still have the capacity to doubt God’s provision for the future. I just heard a friend of strong faith say, “In light of the miracles I’ve seen, you’d think I’d never struggle with any doubts, but I’m embarrassed to say that I do.”

It’s almost like watching a movie once, then wondering whether the rerun will be the same! Even if we believe that God can meet a need, we often wonder whether God will meet a need. I don’t know anyone who never doubts God’s willingness to intervene. I’ve experienced it, you’ve experienced it and Scripture illustrates it. Read more »

 

“The faster I go the behinder I get!” That’s an old Pennsylvania Dutch saying my mother loved to quote over 50 years ago. Funny how it seems more relevant today than ever.


I just had coffee with a young attorney buddy who said, “If you’ve got any suggestions on slowing things down, let me know!” When I said that I did, he was surprised and ready to listen. Read more »

 

When it comes to pastors there’s a lot of “fake news” floating around. The good news is that many pastors are doing quite well. That’s the big take-away I gleaned from a four hour on-line conference held January 26, 2017 at Pepperdine University.
Believe it or not, pastors are happier and healthier than the general population and highly fulfilled in their work. Here are a few insights from David Kinnaman and The Barna Group’s latest report (The State of Pastors, available at barna.com ) as well as a variety of speakers assembled at Pepperdine to address culture shifts. Read more »

 

I love cherry pie . . . not humble pie. Unfortunately, I find myself consuming far more of the “humble” kind than the dessert kind. Whenever I think that I’m making progress in humility, I’m convicted again.

Just this morning I found another reason for both pride and humility. Linda and I were in a flexibility class and I asked the instructor why her own husband didn’t attend . . . taking pride in the fact that at least I did! It wasn’t long before I was humbled again by my inflexibility. Not just by the flexible women in the class, but by the fact that I’m the least flexible guy. That hurts! Read more »

 

I’m looking forward to surprising my wife for Christmas! I’ve been stumped on what to get her, after all she already has me so what more could she ever want? However, when I had lunch with a good buddy yesterday he told me what he was getting for his wife and that inspired me. I can hardly wait to see her surprise.

I’m on mission right now to surprise a few other people as well. In fact, that’s my daily prayer. Surprises don’t have to be expensive―by definition they just have to be unexpected. Surprise and Christmas go hand in glove. The first Christmas came as a surprise to everyone. Certainly the shepherds were stunned with the angelic news that changed the world forever. Read more »

 

Your habits are powerful! They shape your life for good and for ill. I’ve got habits - some good ones and some not so good - and so do you!

Some of my bad habits:

I let emails of unread articles and various links pile up until they overwhelm my inbox - I’m embarrassed to have over 400 sitting there right now!
I too often put off making travel arrangements - I sometimes even forget I didn’t do it!
I eat way too much ice-cream (though rarely more than once a day!). Read more »

 

I hate accountability; most people do. It’s not just true for presidential candidates, it’s even true for pastors. While we’re daily reminded of the failures of our national leaders to be honorable and truthful, we’re also painfully and frequently reminded of the failures of church leaders to be godly. We all know better; why then don’t we do better, when most of us yearn to be holy? Well, as Dr. Archibald Hart said, “Christian leaders don’t fall because they are holy, they fall because they forget they are human.” Read more »

Leadership Accountability

 

I just finished grilling with my famous garlic lime chicken recipe -- it was great! I not only grilled it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I even shared some with my favorite wife. I know . . . I’m a generous guy! But what if I grilled the chicken and shared it with her and then refused to eat it myself? What if I told Linda that she should eat it while I refused to join her? I don’t need to tell you that wouldn’t have gone over so well. So, why then do so many leaders so often tell others what they should do yet fail to do it themselves? Read more »

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