Everyone needs to hear the words “I love you.” I tell my wife and my children all the time. The phrase is more than trite acknowledgement. It’s consistent assurance I will stick to my covenantal commitment in the relationship. Churches are no different. They need to hear “I love you” from their pastors regularly. Here are ten things I love about my church. These items are not the only things I love, just what strikes me as I write this week. Encouragement. I receive a Read more [...]



What you do with your wealth reveals what you believe about God. An arrogant person tries to use wealth to control the future or others. A wise person works to find God’s will. Arrogance about wealth leads to anxiety about losing it. Trusting God with your wealth leads to sacrificial giving.

  Leading an established church is not the trendiest of ministry endeavors. If the cornerstone on your church reads “est. 1961,” then I’ll venture a guess that you have more khakis and blazers on Sunday morning than vintage t-shirts and Wayfarers. Most established churches aren’t trendy, but they are a lot of fun. Obviously, the primary calling of the church is gospel work, not having fun. And leading some established churches can be tough. I’ve been forced to resign without Read more [...]




Pride says, “I am mine.” Humility says, “I am His.” Prideful people fear losing the source of their pride. Humble people fear nothing other than God. Pride leaves you with a small heart for others. Humility enables you to show the greatness of God’s grace.

  Three notable articles I read this week: H. B. Charles – A prayer for the new school year. Lots of students head back to school this time of year. Take a moment and pray this prayer for the schools in your community. Chuck Lawless – 9 values of a church staff retreat. Does your staff need a retreat? Chuck shares some reasons why you might consider it. Ed Stetzer – Are young evangelicals more liberal than their parents? “It is easy to simply play ‘blame the millennial’ Read more [...]