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Don't Just Write Pastor Books, Write Serious Books

When most pastors write books, you can bet they’re compiled from sermon notes and manuscripts. Preach a series on fear, and they end up...

Jesus Is Not Only Sympathetic; He Can Change Things

Before he saved me, I didn’t picture Jesus as having much empathy toward me. I thought of him as distant or indifferent.  After all, he had a...

14 Commandments of Video Preaching

Of the estimated 8,000+ multisite churches in North America, half deliver their sermons by way of video and the other half utilize live-in person...

5 Tips That Will Improve Your “I’m Sorry" Skills

It’s not often that I’m forced to apologizeProbably only twice a day.So while I’m still undoing the suck that this involves…I have 5 tips...

The Art of a Meaningful Email: Real-Life Example

I’m going to guess that when you think of email you don’t think positively about it. It’s regarded as one of those necessary evils...

A Great Question to Promote Humility and Thankfulness

The Corinthian church had some pride issues. Many were “puffed up” and arrogant, even looking down on Paul who had delivered the gospel to them....

Worship Leader – Get Off the Platform

Worship Leader – get off the platform. Let me tell you what I don’t mean by that – and what I do mean. I don’t mean...

The Price of Constantly Checking Your Email

Ron Friedman writing on the Harvard Business Review blog has a beef with people who constantly check their email. And you know what? He’s got a...

6 Questions to Ask Ourselves in Conflict

In this fallen world, conflict is inevitable. Husbands and wives, parents and children/teens/adult kids, roommates, co-workers, brothers and sisters in Christ, believers and non-believers –...

Is It Too Loud? Worship Accompaniment Vs. Worship Immersion Culture

Afew years ago, after our worship gathering one Sunday morning, two very different people came to me. One was a young man in his late 20s,...

People Will Never Respect You Because Of What You’re ABOUT To Do

“My wife and I have thought about adopting for a while.”“I’ve always wanted to write a book.”“I think I might ask her out.”“Yea, next...

How to Have an Awkward Conversation: 5 Steps

You know that feeling you get when you need to talk to someone about that uncomfortable topic and it’s just time to finally address...

On July 4th Sunday: Be Careful Using Militaristic Language in the Church

Something we invariably witness on July 4th Sunday is video on the wide screens at some churches featuring fighter jets, soldiers, and waving flags....

Seven Rules for When You Meet a Pastor’s Kid

I am a PK (pastor’s kid). With that comes a certain set of expectations, especially from people in the church or who know my...

Reflections on Religious Freedom from a Christian Immigrant Perspective

I don’t want to take sides. I don’t want to stir up controversy. I don’t want to weigh in ‘just because…’  But I think it’s worth...

Where Do Pastors Get the Idea That the Bible Is Practical?

You have no idea the number of pastors who tell me that their unique gift is to teach the Bible from a practical perspective. They...

When You Preach on Sex You Don’t Preach to the Pure

We don’t live in a puritan world with Victorian social mores. It seems, though, that many pastors have yet to come to grips with this....

World Cup Worship

Ilove watching World Cup Soccer. With friends around the world in many of the countries represented, my heart rises and falls with every win,...

Thank God My Parents Didn’t Have an iPhone in the 80′s

I remember walking into our kitchen every morning on Sprucewood Dr. and seeing my dad sipping his coffee and reading the Atlanta Journal and...

Surely My Life Is Worth More Than Nineteen Feet of Stuff. Right?

According to the U-Haul website, a nineteen foot truck is sufficient to move a three bedroom house. After moving the contents of my three...

Rick Warren Successor Andy Wood Apologizes for 2021 Mark Driscoll Interview;...

Andy Wood, named as Rick Warren’s successor at Saddleback Church, has apologized for inviting Mark Driscoll to speak at the 2021 Echo Leadership Conference. Critics, however, say Wood's apology leaves too many questions unanswered.

Podcast Special: Dave Ferguson Gives 4 Habits for Healthy, Lasting Ministry

What are some of the practices that we can embrace as ministry leaders that will help sustain our joy through both the highs and lows of ministry? Join Dave Ferguson for a candid, backstage conversation.

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