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COVID Chronicles: why me

In this second post, I try answer the question “Why me?” Why should a pastor attempt to speak to the COVID crisis other than simply “preach the gospel?”

Celebrating sabbatical

The main thing I wanted to do with this post is simply to celebrate. I did it! I took a sabbatical. It wasn’t perfectly executed, and it didn’t involve elaborate planning or expensive travel to exotic locations. It was simply a restful, relaxing, enjoyable, reflective, reading, and slow-paced life parenthesis.

A note to churches: insist on sabbatical

Churches, insist on sabbaticals. Ministers and members may discover that they love the season of sabbatical and the lessons learned during it as much as they enjoy being served by a refreshed leader post-sabbatical.

Sabbatical reflections: the team I left behind

A pastor can’t seize sabbatical. He can only enter it with confidence in a team of leaders who will support and enable his extended absence.

An open letter from a pastor

This heartfelt letter from a pastor in Clinton, Arkansas is written as an open letter to churches everywhere, appealing to their members to consider the role of the pastor in these days of 2020 that are so strained and a test for all spiritual leaders.

Tribute: Dr. W.O. Vaught

I never realized expository preaching wasn’t common for all churches as I grew up because it was all I knew. This post is a tribute to Dr. W.O. Vaught of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock and his faithful preaching and teaching of scripture. His consistent, biblically-centered messages shaped my life and my preaching.

Pastor Church Staff Appreciation Month

A few radical (and thoughtful) ideas from a pastor about encouraging your entire church staff throughout the year.

10 years of ministry (and lots of coffee)

Here are seven things I’ve learned/re-learned after 10 years in ministry at Northstar Church and ten things I’m thankful for.

Nuff Said: “Ordinary” Sundays, Methodists circa 2014, Top 35 Christian blogs and the Youth Pastor Accidental Screenshare

In this collection of articles, you’ll read about the danger for ministers of hyping every Sunday, a glimpse at the Methodist debate related to sexuality circa 2014, Brian Dodd’s recommended Top 35 Christian blogs and John Crist’s video about a youth pastor trying to use screenshare.

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