The Hope of Lent: People Can Change – Including You

The Hope of Lent: People Can Change – Including You

The hope of Lent is that we will come out of it a bit different than when we entered, having changed in some way for the better. When I think of people changing, I think of the pastor of a church I once attended. First Baptist Church, with its tall white columns and...
Why Neurology Predisposes You to Love Your Neighbor

Why Neurology Predisposes You to Love Your Neighbor

Our neurology predisposes us to love our neighbor. When Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Mark 12:30-31; Matthew 22:39), he is challenging us to nurture our innate, neurological capacity for empathy. Our brains are wired for empathy, argues...
Why It’s Healthy for Your Pastor to Have Time Off

Why It’s Healthy for Your Pastor to Have Time Off

I still remember the growing sense of freedom as I headed south down Interstate 71 with our minivan loaded for vacation – my wife and young sons securely buckled in – leaving my church and the attendant responsibilities behind for a while. I enjoyed pastoring my...