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    Pastor, have you taken a break? In this episode, the guys talk about how to take a vacation and actually unplug. Sabbaticals are also brought up. Don’t get worn out; listen to this episode. This episode is brought you by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and LifeWay Pastors. With Southeastern learn how you can GO to reach your community, your nation, and your world. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there. Connect with pastoral resources Read more [...]
  I spent the last few years researching legacy churches, specifically four churches in the Southern Baptist Convention: Bellevue Baptist, FBC Dallas, FBC Jacksonville, and FBC Orlando. At some point, I’ll get around to publishing something about them that is more manageable than a 300-page dissertation. In the meantime, I’ll share four quotes from their senior pastors. These quotes came from personal interviews I did with them for the study.   Steve Gaines on why he is Read more [...]
    What is it like for a pastor to leave a large church to take a much smaller church? We talk with Pastor Andrew Werley (Steamboat Springs, CO) about that and ministry in a resort community. This episode is brought you by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and LifeWay Pastors. With Southeastern learn how you can GO to reach your community, your nation, and your world. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there. Connect with pastoral resources Read more [...]
  “Sometimes the being is more important than the doing.” My mentor shared this wisdom at our last meeting. He’s in his mid-80s, about 50 years ahead of me. He retired from a church in Indiana and moved to Bradenton several years ago. I inherited him with my church when I was called as pastor two years ago. God gave me a spiritual heavyweight of encouragement with him. He sits a few rows from the back—prayerfully listening every week. Most in our church do not realize the wealth of Read more [...]

 

 

Last Sunday I started a new sermon series. It’s creatively titled “Summer in the Psalms,” because it’s summer, and I’m preaching selected Psalms. In Psalm 23, we learn our comfort in the Good Shepherd is rooted in His glory. In this sermon, you will learn not only how the Good Shepherd cares for His sheep, but also why the Good Shepherd cares for them.