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Mentoring: Learning from a Mentor

Mentoring is a prominent Christian/spiritual discipline.[1] This writer counts mentoring as one of eighteen spiritual disciplines – daily devotions, journaling, Scripture memorization, accountability/mentoring/guidance, character development, Bible intake, p... Read More »

Learning to be a Learner

If reporters interviewed pastors after worship as they do NFL athletes after Sunday games, I imagine I would step up to the podium and say:  “We gave it our best effort out there today, but we came up short. Yes, I spoke about the second person plural of th... Read More »

Engaging Creativity

Creativity in ministry is a gift from God and our gifts are never exhausted, but what can stifle creativity in ministry is when we as leaders are exhausted. Most pastors I know are hardworking, tireless men who visit people in hospitals, do funerals, counsel m... Read More »

Developing the Intellect

When asked by the Pharisees which command in the Law is the greatest, our Lord Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:37). For the pastor, t... Read More »

Exegeting Your Audience

When my wife and I moved to Seattle, Washington, in 2015 to plant a church, we realized we must understand what our people loved if we were to love our city well.  Seattleites love their pro teams.  So, we jumped on the bandwagon and began going to Seattle M... Read More »

Staying Sharp as a Preacher: The Power of Illustration

“Read widely, live observantly, and look up stuff.” —Dr. McCarty’s watchword   One of the keys to staying sharp as a preacher is to continually hone your powers to illustrate and to apply biblical texts. This need is often expressed to me by preac... Read More »

Prioritizing Time in the Study

We can all admit that life can be pretty busy and chaotic at times. There are deadlines at work, chores around the house, errands to run, time to spend with family, and so much more. The life of the pastor can also be busy. Between making visits, appointments ... Read More »

The Pastor’s Need to Study

I say “amen” Sunday night after the concluding prayer, thankful to God for another opportunity to minister but tired from a busy day. There’s great relief, however it doesn’t last long because quickly I’m reminded of the next Bibl... Read More »

Reflections for Reformation Day

On this date, the Christian world—of every stripe and denomination—stops to remember the moment an Augustinian friar nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenburg. In that moment, something happened that was far beyond the imagination of the... Read More »

Beyond the Flannelgraph: Resources and Commentaries on Jonah

My childhood introduction to the book of Jonah came while sitting in front of a felt-covered board. The account of a disobedient prophet being swallowed whole by a gigantic fish can have quite an impression on a child when presented with illustrative pictures.... Read More »

The Christ-Connection in Jonah

As a kid, I was often in the upstairs attic helping store items away. Attics have flooring, but several areas consist of exposed rafters with a drywall ceiling underneath. If I watched where I stepped and only placed my foot on the rafters, I wouldn’t fa... Read More »

Applying Jonah

I just returned from my fortieth high school reunion. Although it was a delight to see so many friends, I walked away realizing that some had not changed at all. Even though so many of us looked so old, there were so few of us making a real go at maturity. The... Read More »

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