5 Things a Pastor Learned in the Hospital

With an almost three-week hospital stay behind me, I realized there were several things I learned from the experience. Here are five of them: 1. People who are in the hospital are really sick You might think that would be obvious, but when I say sick, I mean really...

An 8-Year-Old Who Understands Second Chances

His name was Chris. I don’t remember his last name. He was about 8 years old and lived a few blocks from the Louisville, Ky., church where I served as associate minister of music. I only knew him a couple of months. Chris had the husky build of a future football...

8 Steps to Help Your Church Engage Their Community

Each Wednesday evening after prayer meeting, I walk to the third floor of our facilities to view the answer to many people’s prayers. Our church has a medical clinic there, which makes it possible for anyone without insurance to see a doctor or a dentist and get...

21 Lessons in Politics from a Baptist Preacher

I don’t know many people who aren’t generally disgusted with the political process right now. Left to right, top to bottom, it’s a mess. I thought I’d put a little advice together for would-be leaders. Further, Baptist preachers are about the...

Will Your Church Accept or Fear Change?

In the last few months, I’ve found myself in the midst of a lot of change, and I don’t know how I feel about it. I graduated from seminary in May, and after working as a pastor for Passport camps, I started a new job as minister of youth and outreach at...