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”

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Don’t Skip Thanksgiving (whatever you do)

Thanksgiving falls between two commercial holidays. The fact that no one has figured out how to make a lot of money off of it, has esentially saved it. I am grateful. There is a lot to like about Thanksgiving. I love the fact we don’t buy each other gifts. You don’t have to draw namesContinue reading “Don’t Skip Thanksgiving (whatever you do)”

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”

I Don’t Like Halloween

I have never been a fan of Halloween. It is not a hill I am going to die on but I do have a few thoughts you may wish to consider. Especially if you are a Christian. 1. Google “Halloween.” If you are going to celebrate it, you ought to know what you are celebrating.Continue reading “I Don’t Like Halloween”

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”

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!”

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)”

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”

Dealing with Disappointment (at Christmas)

It is 100% certain that you will be dealing with people who have disappointed you during this holiday season. When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions are sent into frenzy by our brain. Particularly if these people who have hurt us are peopleContinue reading “Dealing with Disappointment (at Christmas)”