A Leader’s Personal Needs

You could call this article “Where have all the people gone?” Or “Why are so many pastors leaving?”   Churches are smaller, and not everyone who left is home watching Andy Stanley on YouTube. Most of those who are gone are just that—gone!   Truth is, churches and leaders are a smaller band on the …

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Brace yourself for a personal and somewhat mushy story. My wife and I are just home from Hawaii and bursting with thanks to the Lord for the good things he’s doing in our family. It all centers on a psalm, “God places the solitary in families and gives the desolate a home in which to …

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Anxiety can be a killer. It nearly took me out of ministry. A panic/anxiety attack made me think I’d lost my mind. The doctor assured me “that 100 percent of people who have what you have come out of it.” Nice words, but not all that comforting when every problem I faced threatened its worst …

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I was told that lightning never strikes twice – in nature and in church. But I don’t believe it. There have been instances of people struck by lightning twice while standing on the same hilltop, though years apart. It also happens in church multiplication. God blesses whoever he calls, whenever he calls. And when I …

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Old guys like to remember the good times. I know – I’m old! But the 70s were more than a time of turmoil. Those were easy times to plant a church. Sure, we were recovering from three assassinations, Broadway shows fixated on beating up on Jesus and even full-frontal nudity. But they were good times …

Forget Something? Read More »

I’m scared! I want to host a block party but don’t know what to serve. Most of my neighbors are second-generation Iraqis. Their culture, customs and foods are foreign to me. The mix includes many African Americans and Asians. We’re all different, which is good! However, my wife and I hope to know them better, …

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As a young person, Christian apologetics held a strong appeal for me. I thought “having all the answers” would enable me to beat my non-believing friends into a relationship with Jesus. As a youth pastor, I’d often take young people on evangelistic training missions. Armed with scripture booklets and arguments, we’d randomly accost strangers with …

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