Musings on My Roaring Mid-Fifties: Wine and Diet Pepsi

Class of 1980. I am now 56.  Soon to be 57.  If I live to be 113, I am currently middle aged. I am past middle age. Here some of the ups and downs (downs and ups) I have discovered from this season of life. 1) Down: What of my hair is not turning grayContinue reading “Musings on My Roaring Mid-Fifties: Wine and Diet Pepsi”

Characteristics of an Ineffective Church

Characteristics of an Ineffective Church 1. A lack of clarity about the mission 2. New Christians are not being made 3. People are not being baptized 4. Evangelism is non-existent 5. Preaching has digressed into self-helps 6. The Bible is not being taught or studied 7. There is no numerical growth 8. There is noContinue reading “Characteristics of an Ineffective Church”

7 Thoughts for those Discouraged in Ministry

Are you discouraged in your service to the Lord? It happens to all of us. As much as we would like life to move “up and the right,” we will all endure seasons of feeling inadequate, dejected and downright pessimistic. Sometimes we just want to become 10 years old again and “take our ball andContinue reading “7 Thoughts for those Discouraged in Ministry”

I am Joining WCA (but I am not in a bad mood about it)

For years now, I have been standing in the middle ground of the United Methodist Church.  Right-middle to be sure but middle none-the-less.  My plan was to batton down the proverbial hatches, keep Fairview Heights Christ Church growing (we have grown for twenty consecutive years) and hope the denominational storm would pass.  When asked aboutContinue reading “I am Joining WCA (but I am not in a bad mood about it)”

Respect (Begins with a Spark of Humanity)

Respect is defined as, “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.”  Respect is a reverence that we hold toward the nature, character or accomplishments of an honored person or institution that has a very positive effect upon us.  There is really no down side to beingContinue reading “Respect (Begins with a Spark of Humanity)”

Musings on the Illusion of Control

Musings on the Illusion of Control Couldn’t sleep tonight. Never can on Sundays. Could be I am still jazzed from church. Could be I am too tired to sleep. Could be I start my nightly workouts at 10:00. Could be I had four Diet Cokes for supper. Could be all four. Tonight I was thinkingContinue reading “Musings on the Illusion of Control”

The Soft Light of Humility

Imagine what might happen if the American church stopped trying to defend that of our history which is indefensible? What if we owned our collective sin and humbly asked God and society for forgiveness? And what might happen if we Christians took it to the personal level and asked for forgiveness for our own failure toContinue reading “The Soft Light of Humility”

My Advice for Responding to Criticism (Don’t)

My Advice for Responding to Criticism (Don’t) If you are a leader you are going to be criticized.  Period.  And if you are a significant leader you are going to be severely criticized.  It honestly doesn’t matter if you are a good leader or not.  That is just how it is.  People criticize leaders.  AlwaysContinue reading “My Advice for Responding to Criticism (Don’t)”

Raising God’s Kids (a message to fathers)

A few years back, I spent three days in Galilee. Jesus was raised here. His earthly father Joseph was a “tekton” who made useful things of stone or wood. I am certain a young Jesus must have shadowed Joseph, played with chisels and hammers and dreamed of being a carpenter some day. But things don’tContinue reading “Raising God’s Kids (a message to fathers)”

Vision 2020: What I See Coming

Vision 2020: What I See Coming We all know that our world not only has changed and is changing but we are beginning to realize that our world is change.  You see, change is no longer the obstacle around which the fish swims, it is the water itself.  Many years ago, a wise mentor namedContinue reading “Vision 2020: What I See Coming”