Notes from the leadership journey!

“Why Jesus?”

I finally got around to reading Why Jesus? by Bishop William Willimon. I’ve had it for a while, but my excuse to read the book was using it as a resource for my sermon series during Lent. I always enjoy Bishop Willimon’s writings. I read Pastor for a Theology of Ministry class at Asbury (interestingly,…Continue →

Lord, Teach Us to Preach!

Jesus was once asked by his disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11.1). It’s a great request, one we all should make. Another good request, particularly for preachers, is “Lord, teach us to preach!” That was a request I found myself making in prayer earlier today. I thought, I don’t simply want to communicate…Continue →

A Preacher’s Gotta Trust!

Preaching is the most important ministry task of a pastor. Communities of faith are shaped through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Because preachers must present a new message every week, preaching is also challenging. As every writer knows, beginning each message with a “blank page” can be daunting! Everyone has their own system…Continue →

God, Give Me a Heart Like Yours!

One of the children’s books the kids have enjoyed over the last several months is Hermie, a Common Caterpillar, by Max Lucado (there’s also a DVD). Basically, Hermie, and his friend, Wormie, feel bad about being common caterpillars and keep asking God why they have to be so common. God keeps reminding them that he’s…Continue →

“The Circle Maker” 3.0

I’m finally nearing the end of The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, a book that’s having a tremendous impact on me. Batterson discusses fasting. He writes … Fasting has a way of fast-tracking our prayers. Because fasting is harder than praying, fasting is a form of praying hard. In my experience, it is the shortest…Continue →

The Beginning of Holy Week

In the Christian year, Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and concludes on Easter. The week encompasses extreme highs and extreme lows. Yesterday was Palm Sunday, which celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Here’s how the event is recorded in Matthew 21 (Common English Bible) … 1 When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage…Continue →

Prayer Idiosyncrasies

I’ve really enjoyed reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson (see “The Circle Maker” 1.0, “The Circle Maker” 2.0, as well as Spiritual Priming and Shaping Culture). In the book, Batterson talks about idiosyncrasies. He begins by listing some of his own, and even some of Jesus’, including how “he loved to pray early in…Continue →

5 Ways Leaders Help Others Avoid Stagnation

Yesterday, I wrote 5 Ways Leaders Avoid Stagnation. It was a post about self-leadership, which can be some of the most challenging leadership of all! But that got to me thinking about how leaders, and particularly, pastors, help others from becoming stagnant. Here are 5 ways leaders help others avoid stagnation … 1. Model discipleship…Continue →