7 Reasons Churches Shouldn’t Celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month

As far as months go, October really stands out. Fall colors in the trees, lots of crisp mornings and clear nights, the sudden availability of pumpkin spice-flavored everything, and more. Unfortunately, it’s also Pastor Appreciation Month. It may seem strange that I, a pastor, would lament that this month has been unofficially but nonetheless nationally recognizedContinue reading “7 Reasons Churches Shouldn’t Celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month”

King Jesus and the American Dream

Eliciting much sympathy for the American church is hard. It seems we have been blessed with more widespread freedom, leisure, and resources than any other geographically-defined group in Christian history. While brothers and sisters in Christ starve physically and endure persecution socially in places like North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, and others, we sit, seemingly fatContinue reading “King Jesus and the American Dream”

Evangelism Shouldn’t Be Hard: It’s Just Telling People Good News

Evangelism. The mere word seems to send otherwise mature Christians running for the hills. Potluck. “You know I’m in.” Worship. “I hope we sing 10,000 Reasons again.” But, “evangelism?” “Uh, I’ve got something else going on.” What is it about this word? “Evangelism” is a Christianese word, but it shouldn’t be scary. When the NewContinue reading “Evangelism Shouldn’t Be Hard: It’s Just Telling People Good News”

Stop Treating Church Like The Olympics!

Ahh, the Olympics! That great quadrennial celebration of dedication, fortitude, drama, and patriotism! I love the Olympics. Unfortunately, I have not had much time to watch them this year. I did, however, get to have a conversation last night, though, that got me all caught up on what’s been going on. But it also gotContinue reading “Stop Treating Church Like The Olympics!”

Waiting For God’s Man

“It doesn’t take long for everything to go wrong.” You could be forgiven if that is your initial thought when reading the Bible and starting in Genesis. It is a thousand-page book and everything is broken by page three. It was off to such a good start, too. Genesis 1: God creates everything and everythingContinue reading “Waiting For God’s Man”

Five Fiancés, One Bride, And A Wedding

… “Why do you even let people see you with that drunken whore!” The exclamation burst from taut lips with an explosive, yet strangely precise, force: like a demolition charge carefully placed to produce exactly the intended destruction and no more. The eyes above the lips flashed intensely in the harsh white light of theContinue reading “Five Fiancés, One Bride, And A Wedding”

Relationships Can Change The World: The Letter To Philemon

What does the Gospel of Jesus Christ have to say about your relationships with other people? That’s an important question, but don’t answer it just yet. Answer this one first: Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ primarily about going to heaven when you die, or is it about having every aspect of your life, bothContinue reading “Relationships Can Change The World: The Letter To Philemon”

Obadiah: The Danger Of Indifference

Indifference. It seems to be a perennial problem. Obadiah dealt with it. Obadiah was a prophet. His book is the shortest in the Old Testament. If you can quote a verse from it without looking it up, you’ll have earned my undying respect. We just don’t seem to pay much attention to Obadiah. I thinkContinue reading “Obadiah: The Danger Of Indifference”