Four Theological Viruses (I am concerned)

There are four theological viruses floating around these days that concern me. My concerns are three-fold: 1) They have wide appeal2) I can see why they have wide appeal. 3) They will serve us all poorly in the long run. The first virus is the idea that God exists for us. God’s function is toContinue reading “Four Theological Viruses (I am concerned)”

Evangelism Book Update:

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Len Wilson and the Invite Resources team on my practical evangelism book. What a creative group! My goal is to make this book Biblical, practical, disarming and good natured. It will be engaging to read, funny in places and be chocked full of ideas you can immediately put intoContinue reading “Evangelism Book Update:”

IF CHURCH WERE MORE LIKE BASEBALL:

1. Worship Directors would flip their water bottles after concluding a “home run” set and slowly jog off stage. 2. Preachers would be doused with iced Gatorade in huge orange coolers by their staffs after particularly good Easter sermons… 3. A measure or two of the liturgist’s favorite hymn or praise song would play asContinue reading “IF CHURCH WERE MORE LIKE BASEBALL:”

Wednesday Musing: Social Media 8/3/2022

Wednesday Musing: Too Much Drama on Social Media? Turn it Down! The volume on the “drama” player has never been turned up higher. In fact, the sound can be deafening. When it comes to turning down the sound, many of us feel powerless. But I don’t think that is the case. We are not powerless.Continue reading “Wednesday Musing: Social Media 8/3/2022”

Tuesday Musing 8/2/2022

What I Have Learned (in 36 years of ministry) As of June 30, I wrapped up thirty-six years of vocational ministry. It all started in 1986 at the Herrin United Methodist Church where I was the Director of Family Life Ministries. Three years later, we left for seminary in Atlanta and I served the St.Continue reading “Tuesday Musing 8/2/2022”

Why We Lead…

I received two notes from highly committed parishioners. Both thanked me for effectively leading our church through “crisis.” My first thought was “which crisis?” Since 2016 or so, the church world has been in a perpetual state of crisis. The tornados keep touching down and the tornados already on the ground never seem to lift.Continue reading “Why We Lead…”

Turn a Great Easter into a Great Year!

Social Media is a great tool to keep up with what God is doing in churches far and near.  I love that!  I noticed many churches had strong attendances for Easter 2022 and I rejoice with them!   However, failure to effectively follow up major “victories” in a church (like a big Easter) is a commonContinue reading “Turn a Great Easter into a Great Year!”

Sixty Years in the Learning

In early April, I turned sixty.  Sixty!  Despite the depressing sound of it, sixty has been better than I expected.  I am surrounded by love and by family.  God has blessed my ministry beyond anything I could have ever imagined.  I can still do most of what I could do when I was younger andContinue reading “Sixty Years in the Learning”

Why Words Matter

“Gentle words bring life and health; deceitful words crush the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 The Bible opens in Genesis with words being spoken by God and the cosmos forming as a result. God said and there was. In the New Testament, Jesus heals, delivers and sets miracles into motion with words. When Jesus speaks, the KingdomContinue reading “Why Words Matter”