Understanding Your Identity

Posted on February 8, 2016 | 2 comments

Before I understood the importance and power of identity and its relationship to my spiritual life in Christ, I drew a sense of significance from the statements “I am liked” and “I am a pastor.”  These were not just simple descriptors, but rather statements of being that represents facets of my source of identity. My […]

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Make Yourself Available

Posted on February 1, 2016 | 2 comments

The ability to ask open-ended questions and listen with presence is a skill. Good questions have power, not just to garner information, but to change perspective and build influence. Everyone has relationships in which influence must be built and maintained: spouses, children, leaders, teams, students, etc. Questions are a necessary component to growth in all […]

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The Shield of Identity

Posted on January 12, 2016 | 1 comment

As the prophet Samuel’s life was coming to an end, and thus his time as a judge for Israel, the nation asked to have an earthly king. But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; […]

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Keeping Christ in Christmas

Posted on December 7, 2015 | 1 comment

This is my thought on keeping Christ in Christmas that I review and post each year. There are a few modifications and I hope you enjoy. I have to confess to you that I have a little pet peeve regarding the “Keep Christ in Christmas” bumper stickers, church signs, and car magnets that seem to […]

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The Three Temptations of Identity

Posted on November 10, 2015 | 0 comments

Jesus knew who he was. More to the point, Jesus knew whose he was. His humanness, his place, his purpose, his affirmation all came directly from the Father. Early on this secure identity was evident. After their days long search of Jerusalem for him, Jesus answered his parents frantic questions with “didn’t you know I had […]

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The Struggle

Posted on September 28, 2015 | 4 comments

Before seminary, before working in church leadership, I was a mathematician. For me, the fun of mathematics was not so much about content, but about how people engage the learning of, what for many, is an extremely difficult discipline. For those, learning math begins with mindset ; actually believing they CAN learn and that difficulties […]

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Perceiving Help

Posted on August 27, 2015 | 1 comment

The parable that follows is one that I stumbled upon recently. (I could find no attribution.) You may have read it before, but I challenge you to read it through the lens of your present circumstance and prayers. A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the […]

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Guest Post – Withering Leaves

Posted on August 10, 2015 | 1 comment

 Here is how today’s guest poster, Mo Mydlo, describes herself; I am blessed to be a child of God. I am honored to be married to my husband Tommy of 20 years, and I am overjoyed and my cup runneth over to be raising four spectacular kids; Jake, Trav, Sara and Eli. I am a stay […]

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An Unfortunately True Story

Posted on July 20, 2015 | 4 comments

A recent conversation with a hurting pastor prompts me to share this story from my experience… Almost a decade ago, I was an associate pastor with a lot of responsibility at a large and very fast growing church, and at the same time my marriage was in a bad place. For my part, I was […]

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Five Practices to Avoid Burnout Webinar Replay

Posted on June 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Burnout is an epidemic among Christian leaders today. This problem does not stay compartmentalized, once you burnout in one area of your life, it seeps into all other areas. Click here to watch the replay. Whether you want to learn more for yourself, a staff member, key volunteers, spouse or family member, this 30-minute webinar […]

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