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On the Road to Focused Sermon Prep . . .

June 13, 2014

Getting down to serious sermon prep takes focus, concentration, and at times, clearing your head of the other stuff you are thinking about. So here comes the mind dump. Hope it’s edifying for you—it sure has been for me.


Where Is the Evidence?

May 13, 2014

No one worries much if the shovel and salt are in the garage when a sprinkling of snow comes in October or March—but when the blizzard comes, you want to make sure you are ready to deal with it. The greater the importance, the greater the need for confidence. Nothing is more important than a biblical assurance …


Say the Name!

April 30, 2014

Amen? That’s it? You’re going to close your prayer with an abrupt “AMEN”? What about the Savior?


Vertical Passion Week

April 17, 2014

What distinguishes Passion Week in a vertical church? 1: Passion Week is a week, not a day or a weekend. We give our people special materials and devotionals to work through personally. We give them music to listen to on their way to church. We are a church family and we love to remember and, …


Don’t Miss This . . .

March 28, 2014

There is no more reliable indicator of the success of a child than the involvement of their father. There is no bigger drag on societies than men who refuse to work.


Vertical Evangelism—Believe It!

March 21, 2014

Hey Pastor: Maybe in recent years you’ve fallen prey to the false dichotomy of worship vs. evangelism—the idea that if you really want to reach lost people in your weekend worship, you have to get all topical and catchy and felt-need about everything. Not true.


Short Post—Incredible Person!

March 19, 2014

Proverbs 3:27: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Ok, I won’t!


The Danger of Reductionism in Preaching

March 12, 2014

As a recovering addict of overstatement, I want to be careful in the words I choose to warn fellow ministers about the danger of reductionism in our preaching and teaching. Dictionary.com defines reductionism as: “The practice of simplifying a complex idea, issue, condition, or the like, especially to the point of minimizing, obscuring, or distorting …


Preacher Thoughts on Tone, Criticism, Scripture, Confession and Valentine’s Day

February 26, 2014

Random thoughts (no doubt related to conscious thoughts) are constantly in a pastor’s mind. What do I think about that? How should I handle this? Which approach is most Christ-honoring, most helpful, most impactful?


Get Your Focus Back

January 16, 2014

Hey Pastor: What are you working on today? What are you striving after? Grieving over? Burdened about? Let’s keep our focus: We are not important. We are unprofitable servants on our best days. We have a King—and it is His glory we seek. John 2:11 says, “This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at …


Elevating Worship Through Scripture

December 31, 2013

Dear Pastors and ministry leaders—a new year of God’s faithfulness is upon us. I am praying for a year of growth for me, my family and for our church. I hope this blog has been and continues to be a source of encouragement to you in your service to Christ and His kingdom.


The Best Novel I’ve Read in a Long Time!

December 11, 2013

Hey, who’s not up for an early Christmas present? Consider today’s post just that—a pre-Christmas gift from my good friend Jerry Jenkins. Jerry is the much-loved author of the Left Behind series and more than 150 other books and novels. But of far greater significance, Jerry is a dear friend and truly humble follower of Jesus. We won’t know …


When Men #ActLikeMen

November 21, 2013

Everywhere you look, men are in trouble—falling to superficiality, entertainment lifestyles, sensuality, secularism, lives lived apart from God, reaping for themselves and their families the harvest of what they have sown. Someone needs to throw men a life line. Men are are sinking, and only Jesus Christ can save them. Christ Himself must invade the …


God’s Fingerprints Are All Over This

October 23, 2013

Incredibly blessed to host Harvest University at our church this week, with more than 2000 church plant and ministry leaders from 15 countries around the world.


Catching Up

October 08, 2013

So many great things are going on these days, and I pray you are blessed in your service to Christ and His church as well. Just to give you a sense of where my heart is at today…


Money Matters

September 27, 2013

Hey Pastor: I always thought the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) was for parachurch ministries. As your church grows, the percentage of people diminishes whose confidence can be based in personal relationship.


Disappointed

September 24, 2013

After 25 years in the same church, Kathy and I have seen much of what there is to see in serving the Lord. So my goal in posting occasionally on this blog is to open my heart to pastors.


The Goal is Reproducing Disciples

September 12, 2013

Love, love this video below from one of our young, passionate Christ followers. Watch until the end for a fun surprise!  Click here to see the story of how he found Christ. As exciting as that story is, I find it even more praiseworthy to see how Christ has continued with Anthony, as He does with …


Does God Spank His Children?

May 31, 2013

A few years ago a TV network news program did a five-night feature on evangelicals. I just had to watch and find out what they think about me and my friends. As you might guess, they totally didn’t get us.


Worshipping the Son

May 15, 2013

I am so excited about our worship department and the second live recording this Friday night for Vertical Church Band. They are such a gifted young group of artists—and we are so passionate about our adoration of Jesus Christ.


The One Thing

May 08, 2013

This is a blog for pastors and ministry leaders. It’s meant to be an open-hearted conversation about things pastors think and feel—


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