Is there a Gift of Criticism?






Some of us seem gifted in pointing out the flaws, failures, and problems we see in others. In an eyeblink, we can spot the speck in our brother’s eye. If you don’t know of any faults, simply ask us and we will be glad to inform you of many you may have overlooked. I wondered […]

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Why Bother – Part 2






In a previous article, I explored some of the hazards of ministry for my fellow pastors – discouragement, disillusionment with people, and a lack of being able to see results from our efforts. While these are legitimate struggles, they are not the final word. Every job and anything we attempt for the Kingdom will have […]


Why Bother






This post was originally shared on Church Central, a great site for pastors! Sometimes, okay, probably more often than one would care to admit, we struggle with the results of our efforts. Working with people in a relational setting is difficult to quantify. When entering the paid ministry in late 1981, the Senior pastor I […]

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Can You Imagine?






Can you imagine what the shepherds must have felt like that glorious night? As they were doing their shepherd thing, just like they had been doing for years, suddenly an angel appears out of nowhere. I don’t know if the messenger had wings, but he (is that right?) certainly had a heavenly glow! Strong light […]


Don’t Waste Offenses






This post was originally shared over at ChurchCental.com It is inevitable that offenses will come to us. Someone somewhere at some time will say or do something that will bother us. Perhaps they will be rude, speak evil of us, not appreciate our efforts or intentions, or worse, assign us evil motives when we really […]

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The Nobody Club






AA has the famous greeting when a new member joins, “Hi, my name is Bob, and I’m an alcoholic.” After the greeting, everyone says, “Hi Bob.” It’s really more like, “Hiiiiiii” Bob.” A long, drawn-out greeting of recognition and acceptance. If I ever started a club it would go more like, “Hi, my name is […]


A Case of Mistaken Identity






Riding to church early Sunday morning with one of my two favorite son-in-laws, we began to discuss the current political environment. As this season of the election cycle rolls around, I wish I lived on a desert island. Every four years we are inundated with promises that will not be kept, lies that are boldly […]

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