The Shepherd’s Prayer

Folded into the midst of of the sixty-ninth psalm is a remarkably simple prayer that ought to capture the attention of every pastor, parent, coach, and shepherd. Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor READ MORE

When Your Adversary Roars

I was asked recently to share about the way spiritual warfare works in my own life. What a tough thing to tackle! Dare I be brutally honest, conveying the depths that I can go in my own struggle against the “cosmic powers over this present darkness” (Ephesians 6:12)? Generally speaking I shared along two lines. READ MORE

Thoughts on Houston’s Subpoenas

I have had many requests over the past couple of days to offer my thoughts on the matter of the city of Houston issuing subpoenas to a handful of pastors in the Houston area who have been vocal against a transgender bathroom code. Here is an excerpt from the Houston Chronicle: City attorneys issued subpoenas last READ MORE

The Shepherd’s Prayer

Folded into the midst of of the sixty-ninth psalm is a remarkably simple prayer that captures my attention and ought to capture the attention of every pastor, leader and shepherd. Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be READ MORE

Three Top Needs for Any Pastor

An acquaintance of mine just asked a group of friends and me how to encourage and mentor a young pastor experiencing tremendous growth in his church. He had wisely sought out my acquaintance for mentoring and accountability, and this man then asked us for pieces of experience that he could pass along to this young READ MORE

When Ministry Wears You Down: A Reprise

I’m thinking a lot about the joy of my calling, and the challenge that is associated with it, and as I do this blog posting of mine from December 2009 came to my mind. Would you give careful consideration to this reprise? It was a weary friend who appeared in my office the other day READ MORE