Results of Blog Survey

Recently I added an online survey to my blog to find out a little about my readership. You can still take the survey HERE. I appreciate all the responses. There was about 50% of the average daily readership to answer the survey; so statistically speaking I feel I have a good cross representation of the readers. […] Continue Reading…

Quit Taking Credit For A God Thing!

A few weeks ago, in preparing a message for Grace Community Church in which I celebrated the victories we have seen in the last year at Grace, God convicted me for my line of thinking. I was preparing to remind people of the strategy of the church, as we do at the beginning of each new fall season, to encourage them to continue giving their time and resources to further the vision. I believe God gently reminded me that apart from Him, we would have no vision and we would certainly have no success. […] Continue Reading…

5 Things I Learned In Sending A Son Away To College

It has been a couple weeks since I dropped our youngest son Nate off at college. He is attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Our oldest son is a senior at Austin Peay State University and is living at home to save money this last year. Nate is our first to change cities of residence and he is 8 hours from home. In the process of him leaving I have learned a few things: […] Continue Reading…

I Don’t Have All The Answers!

As our staff and church has grown, my role is changing. I spend much more of my day interacting with staff members about their particular area of focus. Lately it seems I am saying a lot of, “Let me connect you with _________”, as I refer people to another person on our team. […] Continue Reading…

This Too Shall Pass (The Best Is Yet To Come)

In his day Nebuchadnezzar was a king. He was a well-known King that brought havoc to the Israelites. He was a greatly feared and powerful leader. At his word nations and people’s could be destroyed (except where God intervened of course). As greatly as he struck people in fear and awe in his day, I am not too afraid of Nebuchadnezzar today. The fact is he is dead. No more. Gone. Out of sight. As big and bad as he was then, he is no longer a threat today. […] Continue Reading…

Protect Your Proprioceptors! (Guard Your Heart!)

On July 5th I sprained my ankle. Since then I have had a hard time running, but perhaps worse it seems it is even more common for me now to twist the ankle again. A doctor told me it was because I had damaged my proprioceptor, which means I have a harder time maintaining balance and posture, so I almost have to retrain myself to run. In the meantime I miss the exercise I received from running, which is affecting my mood, my energy level and my general attitude. […] Continue Reading…

The Encouragement Of Personal Branding

One trend in organizations today that I am not sure existed even ten years ago is the freedom employees have to promote their personal identity on company time. Companies today seem to allow and actually encourage employees to brand themselves separate from the organization. Whether it is with a personal blog or through authoring a book, employees can have a larger personal following and name recognition than the top leadership of the organization and at times even greater than the organization. This is true in the corporate world and the church world. […] Continue Reading…

My Primary Role As A Pastor

The greatest role I have as a pastor, in my opinion, is to introduce people to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, help them learn the truths of His Word, help them become growing followers of Christ (disciples), but then allow God’s Spirit to change their heart, which will ultimately change their life. […] Continue Reading…