A Few Words about “The Budget”

For most pastors, there a few times of the year with more anxiety than when “the budget” is presented to the church for adoption.  Most churches have some type of open discussion time regarding the budget prior to the vote to adopt the budget. That can get interesting! At times, this is a point ofContinue reading “A Few Words about “The Budget””

Reclaiming the JOY of Christmas

As I have so many times before, I arose this Sunday morning and headed to church with my Christmas message prayed over, prepared, and ready to go.  However, this year the Sunday before Christmas was different for me.  In the early years of my ministry, I walked with families through tremendous pain and difficulty duringContinue reading “Reclaiming the JOY of Christmas”

Handling conflict like Christians

We tend to think of conflict in terms of warfare – when it’s REALLY bad.  The truth is that conflict comes in many forms and there are levels of conflict.  Has someone said something that “rubbed you the wrong way?”  That is a conflict.  Is there someone that you believe isn’t doing their job inContinue reading “Handling conflict like Christians”

Which version of the Bible is best?

This question is one that pastors still get asked frequently.  At the risk of starting an argument, I want to give my personal answer to this question. First of all, there are two equally bad extremes when it comes to the issue of Bible translations: 1.  Believing that only one translation is “the” one 2. Continue reading “Which version of the Bible is best?”

Southern Baptist Convention 2018 – an honest evaluation.

It was a blessing to be able to attend the 2018 SBC in Dallas.  Considering the well publicized issues and conflicts that were in the air heading into the convention, I am grateful that the convention ended with a minimum of open conflict and with a good deal of unity as we move forward. ForContinue reading “Southern Baptist Convention 2018 – an honest evaluation.”