• Too Much?

    There’s a question in the ordination exams that asks this: 4. You are seeking to join an annual conference that has experience more than 3 decades of decline and has scores of struggling churches? How will you address this reality in your ministry as an Elder? I’ve answered it as honestly and truthfully as I… Continue Reading

  • Laughing With

    I like Regina Spektor and I like this song: No one laughs at God in a hospital No one laughs at God in a war No one’s laughing at God When they’re starving or freezing or so very poor No one laughs at God When the doctor calls after some routine tests No one’s laughing… Continue Reading

  • Follow Me to Freedom

    Thank you for all your recommendation. They have certainly been added to the top of my list. But, a book did catch my eye by Shane Claiborne and John Perkins called “Follow Me to Freedom” In the very opening pages, there’s a dialogue between Shane and John: “John: … But the answer to bad leadership… Continue Reading

  • Salary Cap

    Would it be wise to impose a salary cap of some sort for our denomination so that we avoid being like the MLB? The way I see it, a lot of rural churches would have a hard time trying to get pastors who served in suburban area, because the salary package may differ completely. I’ve… Continue Reading

  • Request to All Preachers Who Read This

    Which… maybe one or two of you? If you don’t mind, I would love and appreciate if you could send me old manuscripts of your sermons. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be a manuscript of your sermon, but an example of what you take up with you to the pulpit (or music stand). In… Continue Reading

  • Are Some of Us Insane?

    I’m sure many of us are familiar with this: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Einstein. Along with that quote and a video from youtube I posted a while back: Are we a bit insane? From my small and general observation, I think a church’s biggest enemy… Continue Reading