I often advise couples to be VERY careful about having close friends of the opposite sex, because most affairs start out as “friendships” that cross the line.
"No matter the environment, the audience or the type of message, communicating in any spiritual context brings a unique pressure."
"We were created to live in a loving relationship with God, and to participate in his purposes in creation, and enjoy him forever."
"There are no lone rangers or solo acts on the Lord’s team."
"Great pastors who lead great churches are part of the fabric of their communities."
"If you have any Millennials on your church staff, you know that they’re different."
"The truth is, we feel that you are not giving the church media the attention it deserves."
“Many of the painful things in our lives are owing to our own sins, both before and after we become Christians.”
Why do Christian events have a nearly miraculous ability to apparently free us from sin for a week, and more importantly why does it not last?
"Patrick’s conversion came as a result of his being taken as a slave to Ireland by Irish raiders."
Great leadership doesn’t start with a great education, although that is incredibly valuable.
"Leadership Evangelism is the process by which Senior Pastors single-handedly ignite a movement within their church that will cause it to double in size in three years or less."
Usually, knowing what breaks your heart opens the door to knowing what you should do with your life and how you should be leading others.
"If you are not careful, you can become everyone’s friend, but nobody’s leader."
No pastor is perfect, but good pastors lose their jobs every day. And it hurts. I’ve experienced it too.
Pastors are under relentless pressure to be ‘on’ all the time. As a result, it’s way too easy to shade the truth in ministry.
'Unfortunately, many pastors seldom consider how brain processes influence learning."
The pastorate often brings its own types of pain:
Christianity is not a playground. It is a battleground.
"You're not alone in how you feel."