How much should you change your worship services for holidays such as Christmas and Easter? Josh, Micah, and I discuss what we do and offer some suggestions.   This episode brought to you by the Christian Standard Bible. One of the most common questions I get as a pastor is, “What translation of the Bible should I use?”’ The Christian Standard Bible is my answer for two main reasons. First, it’s accurate and the most up-to-date translation available. Second, Read more [...]
  Leadership literature is chock-full of ways in which an average leader can become great. We all believe we’re good. Greatness is just a book, a conference, or a degree away. Indeed, I believe run-of-the-mill leaders can become better with training. A desire to learn, self-awareness, and a solid work ethic go a long way. Some leaders, however, are just bad. They don’t lead well. Poor decisions are normative. I believe most pastors want to lead their congregations in a way honoring Read more [...]



On Easter Sunday, I preached Ephesians 2:1-10. You can’t have a full life until you come to grips with an empty tomb. Jesus saves you from yourself. Jesus’ resurrection reveals how death becomes life. Jesus’ resurrection validates His message. Jesus’ resurrection demands a response.


    On this episode, we discuss the United Airlines scandal and the ways pastors can learn from what happened, specifically with church policies. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  It’s fairly often that people apologize to me for something that happened in a church service. I’ve heard lots of great apologies. “I’m sorry I fell asleep.” “I’m sorry I had to rush out.” “I’m sorry my kid lit his hair on fire.” I love church—both the people of God and the worship services. I love the oddities that can happen during a church service. I’ve had fire alarms go off during a Father’s Day sermon (thanks to an intern who attempted to make Read more [...]