Those people

By the time you hear a sermon preached, there are words, illustrations and maybe even a rant or two that’s been left out. This weekend, I preached from 1 Corinthians 12. We heard that one of the gifts God has given us, the church, is the gift of unity. The unity of God’s Church is unique. No other group of humans can experience this unity in the same way because God has brought us together……

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…..

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

Wait for it

The hardest part about asking questions is waiting for answers. Let me rephrase that.  The hardest part about asking good questions is waiting for answers. We are used to being rewarded for expediency.  But if you’re trying to learn something, solve an issue or move forward you need time to ask questions.  If you don’t create that time, you don’t really engage people’s creativity or knowledge.  You merely put a question mark at the end…..