Cool Pastors or Spiritual Fathers

Back in 2011 Father Kevin Miller wrote an article in Christianity Today titled From Relevant Dude to Spiritual Father. In it he talks about what different generations within his church want from him. He asserts that many older folks in his congregation want him to be relevant, competent, and efficient....

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A Startling Revelation…

November 26, 2018 I had been in ministry for about 18 months when I came to a startling revelation—I didn’t know what I was doing. Looking back, I can’t believe it took me that long to realize my ineptitude. But as startled as I was about this revelation, my shock...

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You Never Know Who Is Watching

November 12, 2018 Last week I was looking through some older blog posts I’d written while working for Our Daily Bread Ministries and I stumbled across this one. It’s dated 2/22/2012. It brought a smile to my face. I hope it blesses you as well. A couple of months ago...

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Tell Them Your Story

November 5, 2018 As a minister, one of my jobs is to walk along-side families as they take the painful journey of saying goodbye to their loved ones. That’s what I was doing in Big Stone Gap, VA on April 12, 2013: helping four children, 11 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren...

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Confession of a Christian Father

This past Sunday’s message on The Power of Parenting (Ephesians 6:4) has stirred up some conversations and a number of individuals have requested a copy of the father’s confession which was read at the close of the message.  So because you asked and because it is a great message worth repeating, here...

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Smart & Happy!

How we manage God’s money is a central Biblical theme and of extreme importance for our spiritual growth.  This is why Jesus had more to say about how we are to view and handle money and possessions than any other topic including both Heaven and Hell. God expects us to...

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Marriage Matters More

  Can we agree on the following statements?  Our relationships matter!  Healthy marriages take hard work from all involved!  Relationships need to continue to grow!  Good relationships need to be celebrated!  There is a great opportunity for your relationship to grow, matter, and be celebrated.  It is an fun and meaningful...

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Church bores me, why should I go?

Over the years I’ve heard all kinds of excuses/reasons for why people don’t regularly attend church. One of the most often rehearsed is that Church (the event) is boring. My friend Miranda has some thoughts all of us might want to consider before throwing in the towel and walking away...

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Show Grace

Grace is best described by stories that chronicle grace-filled demonstrations. It is true that we can tell people what grace is via propositional assertions but grace cannot be comprehensively communicated apart from tangible examples. Grace in real-life is always superior to grace in theory. Grace demonstrated always trumps grace articulated....

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