Sunday, December 4, 2022

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“Ministry would be great if it weren’t for people.” This quote, although spoken mostly in jest, has sadly been around for a long time. Perhaps what lies at the core of this saying is the inevitability of conflict, not...
Get Equipped With the Truth SoYou Can Bring Light to the Lies Abortion is not an easy subject to talk about. You want to defend the truth, to expose the realities so easily confused during these times. Yet, it is...
The Class StashOften, what’s on a school supply list doesn’t last until the end of the school year — especially tissues and cleaning wipes. So my family looks for sales and coupons for these items all year. Then we...

Make Your Own Advent Wreath

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Create an Advent Wreath to use at dinner. The Advent wreath is part of the liturgical countdown to Christmas. You can buy a ready-made Advent wreath or make it yourself. One way is to make a paper Advent wreath....
Spiritually tepid pastors do not produce spiritually fervent churches. For this reason, in Part 1 of Pastors and the Spiritual Disciplines, I wrote that pastors—called to be “examples to the flock” (1 Pet. 5:3)—should be the best examples of...
We should surround women with the education, resources and support to know that abortion is not their only option. We also need to reduce the factors that make women feel like abortion is necessary in the first place. The disturbing...
When you work on a team with other sinners, one thing is sure—troubles will come. The people who have hurt me the deepest in ministry are those with whom I have worked closest—those “on the team.” Yet the Lord has...

Why We Need “Old People”

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What are we to do with a new culture that dismisses the wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and know-how of former generations? How do we create an environment of showing honor and recognizing real value?A key may be revealed in...
I was taken aback when I recently read the phrase, “travel porn.” I came to realize the author was not speaking of sexually explicit images or writing but was using “porn” to simply mean “something enjoyable,” in this case...
One of my favorite passages to include on notes I write is 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work...