Every Monday at 4:00 p.m., I meet with both my worship pastors. We review the previous Sunday. We discuss the upcoming Sunday. We laugh together. We hold each other accountable. Sometimes I sing their worship set back to them because I have the voice of a senile cat and it annoys them. This meeting is critical for several reasons. Music and preaching are complementary, not separate. Some lead pastors have the perspective of “You do your thing, and I’ll do mine” with worship Read more [...]
  http://www.westbradenton.org/assets/2079/180107_hh_married_with_children.mp3   Last Sunday I started a new series called “Healthy Homes.” There are many different types of homes that make up the church body, and we want all of them to be healthy. This sermon covers the topic of parenting. What makes a good parent? Do you have a clear answer? A healthy home includes God-centered parents, not child-centered parents. The gospel keeps us from smothering and controlling our children. Read more [...]
  I enjoy a little friendly competition. Last October I used my kids as a front to scope out another local church’s Fall Fest. That, and they had a large amount of free candy. My affinity for candy corn sucked me into their festivities. The pastor and I are friends. The “competition” is really nothing more than us poking fun while cheering for each other. The reality is many churches don’t compete on friendly terms. In fact, in a given city or zip code, the likelihood is many pastors Read more [...]
    Micah interviews Dr. Alvin Reid and uncovers some of his insights into evangelism and local missional work. This episode is brought to you by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and LifeWay Pastors. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  I started blogging over eleven years ago, and 2017 was a record year. Thank you, readers, for visiting, sharing, and commenting on posts. It seems like several bloggers list their top ten posts this time of year. I’ll join the fray. I’ve got a few changes in store for 2018, including a redesign of this site. For now, on the first day and first post of the New Year, I'll list my top posts of 2017. The Ten Commandments of a Pastor’s Vacation How Pastors Can Discern Their True Read more [...]