This article was originally posted at the LifeWay Church Leaders blog. The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ – Luke 7:34 Jesus was a friend of sinners. This is clearly established throughout the gospels. Jesus was among…Read more 3 Ways to Be a Friend of Sinners
Pastor's, let's be honest, as much as difficulties in the church can often trouble us, we are naturally problem-solvers. Whether it's dissecting a biblical text, designing a discipleship strategy, helping unravel spiritual needs in a church member, or serving a family as they search for hope in the midst of grief, we like to approach…Read more Celebrate, Pastor.
Allow me to make a bold suggestion. I am increasingly convinced that Christianity is an inherently optimistic – and even happy – faith. Now I get it, even as I make that assumption more than a few of you are objecting to it. Your objections are most likely rooted in your view of the depravity…Read more A Happy Faith
We want Christmas to be focused on things that matter. We want candles, and slow, delightful family gatherings. We want enjoyable parties and leisurely gift exchanges. Most of all we want Jesus, front and center, celebrated and adored, as He should be. Instead we usually get mad rushes and overspending coupled with overeating. We occasionally…Read more Advent Antidote
Living in an area where one is in the religious majority changes the way you see the world. In America, those of us who are Christians often feel like the world is changing, and not in a way that is positive for us, but the truth is we are still part of the largest religious segment…Read more The Faith of Another
In my experience as a pastor, one of the single most difficult responsibilities I faced was the selection of staff members. Knowing what to look for, where to go for candidates, and how to focus in on the right candidate when you are faced with a stack of resumes has always been daunting for me.…Read more The difficulty of selecting staff