Don’t get me wrong; most people in the church are friendly. Most people treat pastors with respect. But it can be hard to find true friends among those you’re charged to shepherd.
You may have studied exegesis, theology, and even counseling people in seminary, but what did you learn about body language, the mechanics of speaking, and overcoming stage fright?
Over the next few months, I’m officiating at two weddings for my current students. I’m excited to help these young couples, but I (like other pastors I know) don’t always enjoy leading weddings. Here’s why:
The harsh reality of life in a dramatically broken world and what remaining sin does to the hearts of us all.
What are the questions every church should be asking if there were to be a serious conversation about its future? There are so many that could be asked that would reflect bleeding-edge issues in culture, but for the church, it has to begin with the most foundational questions.
Every Christian—and every pastor—has spiritually dry seasons. These moments range from mildly annoying to living in a pre-Aslan Narnia where it’s “always winter but never Christmas.” What follows includes things I have done in my own spiritually dry seasons. I hope it will edify and encourage you.
Facebook is a great way for you to build and maintain relationships with people both inside your church and in your community. Every time you post something, you risk ruining your reputation on Facebook.
Ever wondered if there's life after ministry? Here are some things I’ve learned—in darkness, pain, healing and a new lease on life—since leaving vocational ministry.
Newsmax released a list of the 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America that includes men and women of faith that are involved many different careers in life. Here are Thanksgiving quotes from them.
What do these 20 celebrities have in common? All of them have battled eating disorders -- unhealthy relationships with food they’ve all been brave enough to go public...
Right before Dr. John Townsend walked up to shred a guitar to some old Blink 182 songs with the band he has with his sons, I asked him if he was nervous. In a brief moment he talked to me about leaders and the three different types of stress for leaders we can face.
Over the years, my own thinking about legalism has become more nuanced, but I want to map out what legalism is in the context of the New Testament.
Fellow preachers, if we explain the text meaning in our sermons, we do well. Our people will benefit. But that’s not enough.
Fuller Theological Seminary’s Fuller Studio hosted a live stream of a continuous reading of the Gospels on September 11, 2019. The stream lasted over...
Here are ten pulpit pointers for those who preach and teach the Word of God, as confirmed by some of history’s greatest preachers.
Wolves often look like sheep, so to spot wolves in sheep's clothing, we can often look at what values and qualities are most esteemed by a particular religious community. But there is a particularly nasty breed of wolf we need to beware of, a type that we might call the “Broken Wolf.”
Church pastor Jarrid Wilson died by suicide on September 9, 2019. In his life and writings, Jarrid Wilson challenged the issue of mental health in the church.
To walk by the Spirit means to obey the Holy Spirit. To live life according to the leading of the Spirit. But first of all…
There are certain circumstances when it is not wise to answer a fool according to his folly, but there are other circumstances when it is wise to answer a fool according to his folly.
Leaders and teachers care about words because they know the power within them. But just because words matter does not mean we should play the role of self-appointed word police.