From the Cutting Room: Luke 4

We are currently working our way through the book of Luke at my church. This past Sunday we dove into Luke 4. The problem was that there was too much information that I wanted to share so I had to cut a bunch of stuff from my message! Here's a little bit that didn't make … Continue reading From the Cutting Room: Luke 4

Why Plant a Church with Converge?

I was talking with my new friend Chris about church planting at my office this afternoon. And by "office", I mean the Starbucks I work out of Monday through Friday. I love my Starbucks! (In fact, someone even wrote an article about it and called me "The Starbucks Pastor"!) So there I was at Starbucks, … Continue reading Why Plant a Church with Converge?

Book Review: 7 Lessons for New Pastors

Before we can make any plans for the church, we must know the sheep well.  Take every opportunity to become familiar with members of your church. Don't rush into your action plans too quickly. - from the book 7 Lessons for New Pastors, page 96 Matthew D. Kim wrote this helpful book after his first … Continue reading Book Review: 7 Lessons for New Pastors

Book Review: Comeback Churches

An incarnational church functions as the "body of Christ" because it represents the presence of Christ in a community. - Comeback Churches, page 6 I believe that every church is planted with the desire to be an incarnational church. However, over time, many times churches get "stuck".  They operate in a way that is meaningful only … Continue reading Book Review: Comeback Churches

Book Review: Making Room for Leadership

I have been called a bull in a china shop...on more than one occasion!  A friend, hoping to help, handed me this book to read...about four years ago.  To be honest, at that time I wasn't ready to openly evaluate myself and how I used my physical presence to influence others.  I was defensive and thought, … Continue reading Book Review: Making Room for Leadership

Sometimes You Just Need a Donut

I have to be honest with you: I'm not loving life right now.  It's COLD. Oh so cold. No more football for like 260 days.  We are in this season of waiting on God to tell us what's next.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm a very blessed man.  I have an OUTSTANDING wife and awesome kids.  We … Continue reading Sometimes You Just Need a Donut

Book Review- The Contemplative Pastor

The pastor's question is, "Who are these particular people, and how can I be with them in such a way that they can become what God is making them?"- Eugene Peterson I'm currently in a "wait and see" season of life.  I've described it to a friend as feeling like a shepherd with no flock.  Our … Continue reading Book Review- The Contemplative Pastor