This article originally appeared at Lifeway.com/ChurchLeaders The “Super-Pastor” expectations that so often seem to go hand-in-hand with modern church leadership are a black mark on the church. The “Super-Pastor” is the pastor who is always on call, ready to serve; nights, weekends and vacations are no barrier, they never miss a hospital visit, they always…Read more God didn’t call you to be a Super-Pastor
My daughter loves to try and do things on her own, even things she doesn't have the strength or knowledge to accomplish. Often she'll work at it, and work it, only to throw her hands in the air and give up. I'm prone, during those times, to remind her that all she needs to do…Read more Don’t worry. Seriously, don’t.
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
Recently the good folks over at HomeLife Magazine asked me to address the question of Lent. Should a Christian observe Lent or not? Below are my thoughts. What exactly is Lent? For some Christians, the word Lent is a reminder of the mystery of the faith. It's a strong, compelling call to abandon self and…Read more Should you observe Lent?
When Work Becomes Worship Americans love hard workers. Work hard and you get elevated in your career, earn greater respect among your peers and see increasing affection from your family as you are able to provide more and more. Hard work, coupled with independence and the ability to rise from nothing to succeed in life,…Read more How should we avoid idolatry in work?
The good folks over at BetweenTheTimes.com just posted my newest article as part of their "Pastorally Speaking" series. This time I'm dealing with the need for church discipline, but the failure of many in church life to deal with it in a Christ honoring manner. Here's a short quote from the article. Church discipline is…Read more Disciplined Tragedy