Erring Through Wine (Leviticus 10)

“Erred through wine” – That phrase comes from Isaiah 28:7 where the God is rebuking the “drunkards of Ephraim” which included even the priest and the prophet. Notice what that verse says: “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred […]

Growth Is Hard But Essential

I love routine. And I hate change. But change is inevitable in life and essential for effective leadership and ministry. It seems that every year, I expect that things will continue much as they did last year. I think that my children will stay the same size, my leadership skills can remain the same, and […]

Video: Lessons for Young Preachers

My pastor has a real heart for training men. Here is a great video reminding all preachers and especially young preachers of the importance of being and doing before we try to teach others. I hope it is a blessing.

No More Jacob

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. Jacob was left alone. His family had all crossed over Jabbok. He was getting ready to face his angry bother Esau after many years. His conniving and scheming […]

Why Normal Christianity Looks Radical Today?

My good friend Trent Cornwell who is a pastor at Vision Baptist Church wrote the following excellent article that I wanted to repost on my blog. At the center of our faith is a Man who though rich became poor for our sakes, who removed Himself from complete security in the Father to be butchered […]

When They Laugh You to Scorn

Nehemiah 2:18-20 “Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem […]

Supposing We are Ready to Lead

Acts 7:25 “For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.”  Moses had the calling, the strength, human wisdom, training, and confidence that he thought necessary to lead, but he was not ready. He supposed that his brothers would understand that He was […]

Repost: The Lofty Status of Peons

My good friend Jake Taube has lots of insightful things to say on his blog. This post especially challenged me in my view of who I am as a servant of Christ, and I hope it will help you. I’ve just got one more post I want to share about our getting the boot. The drama […]

Repost: Ten Tips to Becoming a More Productive Pastor

Tom Rainer shares some very important truths and tips for pastors on is blog. I have found many of the things he says helpful, and I know there are areas in which I need improvement. I hope this list will be helpful to pastors, Christian works, and church members. The work of pastoral ministry is […]

Ever Feel Inadequate to Follow God’s Call?

Jeremiah was called to be God’s prophet, yet he felt very inadequate. In Jeremiah 1:6, we find him expressing a common feeling among all those who realise their responsibility to serve and witness for God, “Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.”  Jeremiah basically says (and I paraphrase), “What, […]