Guns, Masks and Moral Injury in Pastors

Guns, Masks and Moral Injury in Pastors

I was approaching college graduation and preparing for seminary when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting spree in the Columbine High School library on April 20, 1999. The news coverage played for days in my dorm’s lobby.  It was all unfathomable: the loss...
4 Essential Skills for Pastors Turning Around Churches

4 Essential Skills for Pastors Turning Around Churches

What is the primary leadership skill needed among pastors for this season of the Protestant church in America? I am increasingly focusing my time and attention on discerning the answer to that question. While it is dangerous to paint with too broad a brush, it appears...

6 Lessons I Learned Returning to the Pastorate

Bill Wilson recently asked me to reflect on my transition last summer from denominational work back to the pastorate, when I became the pastor of First Baptist Church of Bristol, Virginia. Particularly, I reflected on the experience of joining a church that is dealing...