When you’re a pastor

When you’re a pastor, someone is there to say something discouraging to you. And about you. Someone is there to question everything you say and do. Yes, everything. Someone will have their more-than-fair share of critiques of you. And opinions When you’re a pastor, some people give you credit that only belongs to God. Some lie to you. Some people will fake you out and use you for what they want. Some bail on you……

Who do you think you are?

I often hear from people who feel a bit inadequate to either share their faith or teach others what they know about Christ. The phrase they use is, “Who am I to try to teach them?” That’s a humble approach to take.  Yes, who are you to speak on behalf of the Creator of the world?  Who are you to attempt to connect someone’s life with the the Almighty?  Who are you to be so…..

Remember the Teaching

I didn’t get to record last weekend’s sermon.  So, I grabbed a video from our church’s Facebook group.  We do a live feed to our group every week.  It’s been a great way for us to connect our congregation. Here’s a video of our sermon last week. What part of the Bible has inspired you lately? Stay blessed…john

If The Ellen Show was church

Do me a favor. Watch this video from The Ellen Show. As you do, pretend Ellen is the preacher, the audience is the congregation, the set is a church, the show is Sunday morning worship and the guy is your first-time guest. Is there anything we can learn? And please realize, more and more, “church” is something that more and more people haven’t “done.” Stay blessed…john

Do we still think so?

I don’t think I had ever paid attention to this hymn before, When the Church of Jesus. You know, it’s in the back of the hymnal–one of those newer ones.  Actually, it’s under the heading of “Called to God’s Mission.” If you pay attention, you’ll see what a convicting truth that is. When the Church of Jesus Shuts its outer door, Lest the roar of traffic Drown the voice of prayer: May our prayers, Lord,…..