Thank you, Andy Stanley

[Note: Before you read this post, please know that I like Andy Stanley.  I don’t know him, but I’ve read many of his books.  I recommend Communicating for Change to anyone who preaches. He’s been on the leading edge of children’s and youth ministry. I’m not sure if I’m defending him or not.  I’ll let… Read More »

That time when Jesus calls a desperate mom a dog

| Most Christians I know are uncomfortable with Jesus’ response to the mom in Mark 7:24 – 30.  For those who don’t know the story here it is… Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me,… Read More »

Why church?

| A woman stood up at the microphone in her local church.  She said, “When this church began, we prayed to the Lord and asked God’s direction. And in my opinion, anyway, the Lord has never answered. In the meantime we have continued to gather together. We’ve worshipped together. Cared for one another. Helped one… Read More »

Beliefs, convictions and motivations

Actions are never neutral. They’re freighted with unexamined assumptions about how to get things done. This means actions tell more about our beliefs, convictions and motivations than written confessions and stated beliefs. We will misidentify the appropriate pathway to the extent that we can’t tell these truths about what we have done and why we’ve… Read More »

…prepared for subversion and danger.

And it had clearly escaped everyone’s notice that I had already been bull-whipped through the Psalms of David and The Book of Job, to say nothing of the arrogant and loving Isaiah, the doomed Ezekiel, and the helplessly paranoiac Saint Paul: such a forced march, designed to prepare my mind for conciliation and safety, can… Read More »

Pastor, do you feel like a failure?

In my many years as a pastor, I often felt like a failure. Part of the problem lies with the reality that success in pastoral ministry is hard to define. It’s people work, and the victories that happen in people’s lives – due in part to your work – often go unseen and unexpressed. The… Read More »

Maybe They Don’t Believe You

In a post about marketing, Seth Godin writes The only things we spend time and money on are things that we believe are worth more than they cost. He goes on to briefly explain three key words: belief, worth and cost. He then concludes by writing If people aren’t buying your product, it’s not because… Read More »

Sticking Together

Some relationships survive the test of time. Others don’t. Some relationships thrive over time.  Others don’t. There are an infinite number of reasons why that is true. Those reasons are as unique as the people involved in the relationships.  Yes, there are some basic dos and don’ts that make one outcome more – or less –… Read More »