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 recognized […]

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 fat […]

Pray With Your Legs

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” Frederick Douglass “Lift with your legs.” Every weeknight, for a year, that’s the phrase I heard. At the start of the shift: “Lift with your legs.” After break time: “Lift with your legs.” As I slept: “Lift with your legs.” I […]

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 got […]

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 everything […]

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 the […]