Three Church Trends

This week, I want to weigh in on what I see are some important trends for today’s churches.  I realize that some of my readers are not church-going people, which is fine.  Because I’m a pastor, I deal with this subject on an everyday basis, and this is what I do.  If church affiliation isn’t […]

My Definition Of Success

I am slowly and carefully reading through the book The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.  Many of you have already read it, and it is having as profound an effect on me as it probably did on you.  Near  the beginning of the book, the author described his realization that he had never defined success […]

Vacation Like A Pro

Summertime is in full swing.  It’s the season that most families take their annual vacation.  I happen to live in Central Florida, which seems like the vacation capitol of the world.  Disney is 30 minutes to our north, and Legoland is visible from our back patio.  Believe me when I say that our area is familiar […]

Smooth Sailing

It had been a long few months.  The church that I serve had struggled through some important issues that required honest communication and hard work.  I was physically and emotionally tired. The weekly duties of my job began to feel like drudgery instead of ministry, and I knew it was time for some rest.  We […]

Dads, Don’t Assume

I barely remember my father.  He died when I was 12, which is a long time ago.  He died suddenly and unexpectedly.  One morning, we had breakfast together, he left for work, and that’s the last time I saw him alive. All the memories I have of my dad are viewed through the lens of […]

Loving Someone You Disagree With

It was Ben Franklin that said “There are only two things certain in life: death and taxes.”  I’ve discovered a third: disagreement.  No matter who you are, no matter where you live, no matter what you believe, there will be people who either disagree with you or you with them.  For some, disagreement comes through […]