How To Disagree With Others On Social Media: 10 Things To Remember

After observing various heated interactions on social media recently, I’m reminded of how important it is to fairly and graciously interact with those we disagree with, both in private and public. In this post, I’m thinking more of the public side of this. Public temper tantrums, thoughtless accusations, and the spitting out of unfair, sweeping generalities against others is not helpful when it comes to engaging different ideas. Quite honestly, it is embarrassing for others to observe, though they will probably never tell you. Facebook and Twitter reveals all kinds of stuff about us…good, bad, and ugly. Here’s what I know: We can ALL fall into the trap of ugly interactions on social media if

Pastor, are you willing to change directions as God leads?

As a pastor, what does it mean to lead by faith in this strange time? I've been thinking about this a lot over the past several weeks. I'm sure many others have as well. Here's what I know: There are times in ministry when we believe that God is leading in one direction, and perhaps He is, but it may only be for a short period of time before He changes things up. Without notice, He may say, “It’s time to stop what you’re doing and go in this new direction.” Or, “I want you to begin this new program or ministry that you have never thought about before.” Are you and I willing to change directions as God leads? This seems to be a key aspect of leading by faith as a pastor in the church. Being w

NEW BOOK - Honest Questions: Pastoral Answers to Everyday Questions (...a quick intro)

Questions. We all have them. In particular, many of us have questions about God. Lot’s of them. But where do we go to find reliable answers to these questions? Where do we find voices that will speak truth into our doubts and fears? Where can we hear helpful, credible, thoughtful, trustworthy teachers who are concerned not with adding to the confusion, but shining light into it? Let’s be honest. It’s not hard in our day to find people tweeting or blogging their opinions about a host of different issues and questions regarding who God is, what He is like, and how He works in the world. But if you are like me, I’m not simply interested in hearing anyone and everyone’s opinions on these things.

What To Look For In Potential Leaders: 4 Non-Negotiables

"What should we be looking for in potential leaders in our church?" This is a very important question for so many reasons. How you answer this question will ultimately shape the culture of your church, for good or bad, over the long haul. Your leaders will shape who your church is, what your church values, how your church operates, and what your church is passionate about. For this reason, if we truly desire to lead a Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, Spirit-led, people-loving, mission-minded, God-glorifying church, what we look for in leaders must first and foremost mirror what God looks for in leaders. Sadly, I have observed many pastors and churches over the years that don't start with th

Keeping Yourself and Your Congregation Encouraged Through Coronavirus

I recently did a short teaching on how pastors and churches can stay encouraged during this Coronavirus crisis. Here are some simple reminders I shared that I hope are helpful for you. How to stay encouraged ourselves #1. We need to think on Godly things. Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Remember who God is and think on Him! He is perfectly faithful, sovereign, wise, and loving. Meditate on God's Word regularly. Limit your media intake. Practice thankfulness. There is so much

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