Friday, 13 April 2018 15:13

IN SPITE OF

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Years ago I cut an article from a magazine entitled, “In Spite Of.” The writer, J.B. Fowler, was editor of a Christian newspaper. Fowler referenced people who had significant life accomplishments “in spite of” challenging circumstances. Some of the examples he used included:

Saturday, 07 April 2018 21:00

Light Houses Don’t Compete

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Have you ever been envious of another church or another minister? Come on, all of us have been affected by such emotions!

As a young preacher I sometimes dreamed of walking in Billy Graham’s shoes. As a pastor I sometimes dreamed of leading the next Saddleback. Our desire to reach such heights varies in intensity and scope, but it is there.

Saturday, 31 March 2018 21:46

Easter Foolishness

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Joe McKeever gets real with advice learned by the hard experience of many Easters.

Here are 12 things we church leaders do on Easter Sunday that undermine our effectiveness in reaching people for the Lord Jesus.

Woundedness: a condition this side of heaven we will all face from time-to-time. Pastors are not immune. I’ve been hurt and you probably have been as well. If you’re a wounded pastor right now because of what someone in your church or family said or did, what should you do? Consider these five critical choices that can help you deal with your hurt.

“But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to become first among you shall be slave of all.” (Mark 10:43-44)

People do not want to follow.

Sorry about that.

Ask anyone clamoring for high political office. They do not want to acknowledge you as their leader and themselves as your followers. So, if you have a yearning to be a leader of people, you automatically have chosen an uphill task.

Friday, 02 March 2018 15:10

Riding the Waves of Life

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Several days ago I found myself riding a wave. A wave is one of those times when you feel high, emotionally, spiritually and physically. During this phase I relish ministry and enjoyed little things, such as listening to a favorite preacher.

Monday, 26 February 2018 20:35

How to Do your Best and Leave the Results to God

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Do your best and leave the results to God. That phrase may seem a bit worn and trite, but it’s well worth heeding. So, just how do we do that?

Friday, 16 February 2018 09:11

Ways to Use Email to Make Things Worse

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Email has become endemic to our culture. Without it, it would be difficult to communicate as much as it seems that ministry and the marketplace require. I receive scores of emails every day and I know some pastors and leaders who more than 100 a day. YIKES! It can be a useful tool if used correctly. But it can also be a deadly tool if used poorly. If you want to make matters worse with people you know or within your organization or church, these 12 practices will definitely get the results you want.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:20

Relax and Back Off

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Last Friday I came home from work and was struck with a strange emotion, panic. That was unusual. I had not felt such emotion in some time. We Christians are, in theory, supposed to have it all together. And we pastors are to be an example to everyone else. Right!

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