Guiding principles for students of Scripture

Today, I am working on material for a teaching series that I am going to give at Church180. We are going to be studying a letter that St. Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae around 60 A.D. As I am working on this material, I keep thinking about basic principles that guide my approach … Continue reading Guiding principles for students of Scripture

Stop worrying about your clothes

Right now I'm really busy. This weekend I will officiate at a wedding, preach a sermon, and then carry out my pastoral duties at a funeral... the funeral of a friend. This busy weekend comes right in the middle of a teaching series I am doing at church called, "Making Space." As I am preparing to … Continue reading Stop worrying about your clothes

Why pastors don’t always preach

  This past weekend I didn't preach at the church I love! I LOVE to preach, but I don't always preach. Sometimes people wonder why preachers don't preach every Sunday. They may even wonder what they do when they're not preaching. Those are fair questions. Here are the reasons I don't preach every Sunday: Family Vacation. … Continue reading Why pastors don’t always preach

Be someone (#plantwhatyouwanttopick)

Here is a sampling of the conversations I had last week with people who are experiencing tough times... A man who survived multiple affairs and is working to put his marriage back together. A lady who is going to die any day now. A dad whose young son has cancer. A man whose wife wants to leave … Continue reading Be someone (#plantwhatyouwanttopick)

Death and marriage

Sunday night Sherri and I sat with a couple and planned out their wedding. They were excited... and a little nervous. There was laughter and hope as we discussed the beginning of "happily ever after." Monday morning Sherri and I sat with a mom and her daughter and planned out the mom's funeral. There were some tears; … Continue reading Death and marriage