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”

Strategic Reallocation of Resources (Post COVID)

Though COVID will “always be with us,” the pandemic seems largely over. It has been over for a while, the politicians and news outlets just needed another story to fill their news cycles. What that means for churches is where you presently are; is where you are going to be. No one else is comingContinue reading “Strategic Reallocation of Resources (Post COVID)”

The Path of Least Resistance (is the wrong path)

The path of least resistance never leads to significance. Never. It leads only to a lesser life. The illusion is that it is a safe life but it is not. It is only lesser. Life is often a struggle either way, so we must learn to “struggle toward.” No one achieves significance by staying insideContinue reading “The Path of Least Resistance (is the wrong path)”

Pound Cake and Sweet Tea

When we lived in Georgia during our seminary years, we resided in a planned community called a mill village. The houses had wrap around porches and people sat out front on warm summer evenings. They sat in painted metal gliders and wooden porch swings; always swaying as kids played in the sandy front yards. SomeContinue reading “Pound Cake and Sweet Tea”

Want to Get Ahead in Life?

Want to get ahead in life? Work hard. Have a great attitude. Be a team player. Watch your language. Refuse drama. Show some respect. Be approachable. Stay clean and sober. Have good manners. Be polite. Encourage others. Think before you speak. Dress professionally. Forgive others. Think before you post. Be thankful. Admit when you areContinue reading “Want to Get Ahead in Life?”

“Trail Guide to the Gospel of John” Has Been Released!

My goal was to write a one stop, “lay person’s” commentary on John’s Gospel that people couldn’t put down.

A (Blue) Christmas Prayer

Almighty God,Be with those who are dreading the Christmas season this year.Be with those for whom loss and despair occlude hope and light.Be with those facing empty chairs at their tables and those who will sit at their tables alone.Be with those for whom this season reminds them of where they have failed and whatContinue reading “A (Blue) Christmas Prayer”

Ten Things Every Church Needs in December

COVID or no-COVID and regardless of your context or size, your church is going to need these ten things this December! Leaders in Good Moods At Christ Church, the “Christmas Run” involves about 10 times the time, energy and effort of Easter. There are lots of extra services, staff is pushed hard and everyone isContinue reading “Ten Things Every Church Needs in December”