Lost causes (in ministry)

Lost causes. Do you know any? I am sure you do. In fact, if you were to pause right now and think about the ministers that you have known, you could probably identify several that have gotten shipwrecked in their ministries, their personal lives, and even their faith. Some of them have made varying levels […]

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Goliath versus Bathsheba

So who would win in a fight, Goliath or Bathsheba? Actually a better question might be, which of them would pose the greatest threat to a king? King David would think the question is a no-brainer. He would say, “A giant on a battlefield is far less dangerous than a bathing woman on a rooftop—because […]

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Why Church Leaders drop out of the race

It goes something like this: Divine Call/Education → Conflict/Badgering → Disillusionment/Burnout → Eventual Dropout Many serious ministers have stepped out of their lane and quit running God’s race for their life because of this pattern. A divine calling to church ministry gets responded to via enrollment in some form of Bible College, seminary, or ministerial training venue. That […]

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Preaching among lions (for pastors and ministry leaders)

Do you preachers and ministry leaders remember the obscure, 2 Kings 17 story about the priest who was recruited to preach among lions? The story goes like this. The Israelites had been defeated in war and subsequently deported to Assyria; however, when the Assyrians moved into Israel to replace them, they were attacked and mauled […]

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Mr. Clean

No, this isn’t a self-portrait (although I’d love to have his biceps and he does rock the bald head). It’s a portrait of what I hope we are all aspiring to be. There is nothing like knowing that we are clean. I worked with a pastor once who was urging me to be Mr. Clean […]

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