Melissa is Cancer Free (but that is not what makes God good)

Thursday we received Melissa’s post-surgical pathology report. Monday’s surgery had come after four long months of chemotherapy. We we were informed that the cancerous tumor removed from her breast was tiny, the margins around it were clear and the removed lymph nodes were clear as well. Melissa is not yet through this journey but sheContinue reading “Melissa is Cancer Free (but that is not what makes God good)”

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A Change of Inputs (recovering evangelism while there is still time)

Churches are in a decaying orbit; we have to change our inputs.

Musings and Reflections for a New Year

I am 60 years old. Not yet old but old-ish. Certainly not young. And I have seen some things on my journey. Most good. Some great. Some horrific. I have seen people die suddenly, people die slowly and dying people decide they wanted to live longer still. I have seen relationships forged, love promised andContinue reading “Musings and Reflections for a New Year”

2023 Crazy Gospel Math

I sometimes get the opportunity to help pastors and congregations think about growth.  Almost all churches desire to grow, they just don’t know where to start. Here is a formula I use.  Take your sanctuary capacity; multiply it by .75 and double it.  That is your target.  I see a lot of churches in USAmerica thatContinue reading “2023 Crazy Gospel Math”

Back Story to My “Trail Guide” Series

In early 2021, I received a God-PING. The prompt was to turn my Wednesday evening Going Deeper messages into a series of verse by verse treks through entire books of the New Testament. These books would have the NLT scripture text baked in and offer engaging commentary, colorful stories and illustrations, practical applications, questions toContinue reading “Back Story to My “Trail Guide” Series”

Why Christian Leaders 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 Christian Leaders Lead”

My Sweetheart has Cancer (thank you for another day)

A few months back, Melissa had a routine mammogram. All was well. In the spring, pain developed in her breast and she eventually went to see about it. They could find no lump but did another mammogram to be certain. There it was. The size of a pea; aggressive and growing quickly. Things got blurredContinue reading “My Sweetheart has Cancer (thank you for another day)”

Guarding Your Peace

Friday Musing: How do you “keep your peace” in a social media driven world? Try these simple guidelines: 1) Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. 2) Don’t pass along anything you don’t 100% know to be true. And even if it is true, ask if the news is yoursContinue reading “Guarding Your Peace”

Zambora, Zec and Papa Bish

I love being a Papa but I must confess that I had a pretty good teacher. With the DuQuoin State Fair upon us, this one is for all the Papas out there who are making one insane memory at a time! Zambora the Gorilla Girl(DuQuoin, Illinois, circa 1993) There is no better grandfather in theContinue reading “Zambora, Zec and Papa Bish”

Recalling the DuQuoin State Fair

Thinking about the DuQuoin State Fair this morning. Generations of kids from DuQuoin literally grew up with this fair. We were it’s labor force. It was the biggest deal ever. I remember Sam the Candyman, Malone’s Taffy, First Heat dances, Car races, smoking hot days and nights, trotters, the Exhibition Hall, famous people walking throughContinue reading “Recalling the DuQuoin State Fair”