It isn’t always the devil… (but sometimes it is)

When is it a Spiritual Attack?   Identifying Spiritual Attack Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)  12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Mark 9:28-29 (KJV)  28 And when he was come intoContinue reading “It isn’t always the devil… (but sometimes it is)”

Ripping the name off the back of the uniform…

I am a St. Louis Cardinal fan.  It is not mandatory that I do not like the Yankees (as juxtaposed with our signed covenant to hate the Cubs); but I somewhat resent the Yankees.  They have an infinite amount of money to spend in the building of their team and the Cardinals have to doContinue reading “Ripping the name off the back of the uniform…”

When God doesn’t “Reconcile,” hit “Adjust”

Every month I balance my checking account on Quicken.  Well, I sort of balance my checking account.  I am usually within a hundred dollars one way or the other (except for last month and possibly the one before that…) and I have zero interest in getting down to the penny if I am that close. Continue reading “When God doesn’t “Reconcile,” hit “Adjust””

Why Pastors HAVE to tithe…HAVE to

Here is the deal.  Pastors have to tithe…they have to.  I know many pastors don’t but you simply have to tithe if you are going to lead a church.  And you need to tithe to your current church.  The one whose name is on your pay check.  Give your offerings anywhere you want but titheContinue reading “Why Pastors HAVE to tithe…HAVE to”

The Next Big Thing…

Rev. Shane is spending a part of his extended vacation working on a follow up to “Exactly as I Remember It.”  The proposed title is “Remembering Forward” and a December 1 release is projected.  Like the first book, it is a collection of stories, vignettes and modern proverbs.   “The second we completed “Exactly,” so many wonderfulContinue reading “The Next Big Thing…”

Camp Meeting: God Perfects

Camp Meeting 2013: God Perfects Text: Romans 5: 1-11   Romans 5:1-11 (NLT) 1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place ofContinue reading “Camp Meeting: God Perfects”

Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church?

Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church? I often get the opportunity these days to help pastors and congregations think about growth.  Here is a formula I use when I consult.  Take your sanctuary capacity; multiply it by .75 and double it.  That is your target.  I see a lot of churches in USAmericaContinue reading “Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church?”

Methodists Need Leaders…Fast

I was not reared in the Methodist tradition.  Melissa and I were loved into the  church when I was teaching and coaching in Louisville, Illinois in the mid-80’s.  It was only then I began to take a serious look into historical Methodism.  In Methodism I found a theological tradition to call my own and myContinue reading “Methodists Need Leaders…Fast”