Small church pastors I want you to know you matter. Your ministry matters. Your church matters. We don’t hear this affirmation much in our church world where it seems bigness is next to godliness. Ministry success to many is defined by how many people attend your church and how big your “platform” can be. We … Continue reading A Message To Small Church Pastors: Your Ministry Matters!
Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” This verse is the bridge between the early life of Jesus and His appearance on the scene for His three years of ministry around age 30. We have no record in the Bible of what happened in … Continue reading God’s Faithfulness In Our Obscurity
When we read the first chapters of the book of Genesis we are confronted with what I believe is one of our most basic temptations. Whose voice will we listen to? We know the story of Genesis 3 and the Fall. Eve is tempted in the Garden by the voice of the serpent. “Did God … Continue reading Competing Voices
An Open Letter To Texas Baptist Denominational Leaders: As a pastor I receive both of our state conventions publications including The Baptist Standard*(The Baptist Standard is not technically a publication of the BGCT) and the SBTC Texan. The magazines and papers you create and the websites you run are all informative and helpful for knowing … Continue reading To BGCT and SBTC Leaders
You are not too busy. There, I said it. In spite of the impression we give to one another. The response most given to a question of how things are going, or how we have been doing is, “I’ve been busy.” It is our go to answer. But are we really that busy? I … Continue reading The Idol of Busyness
In a celebrity and social media dominated culture we expect to do something big and to do it now. As Christians we are not immune from this impulse and expectation. In fact, the Christian celebrity culture may breed it even deeper than the secular culture. This notion persists in us that in order to be … Continue reading The Power of Ordinary Faithfulness
What is the purpose of exile in the lives of the people of God? A lot has been made of where the American church finds herself in this day in age. The church is finally waking up to the reality of exile. This world is not our home. We are pilgrims and strangers, citizens of … Continue reading The Purpose of Exile