The Leadership Development Book I’ve Been Looking For

Discipleship – No More Excuses

November 8, 2013

You have heard pastors talk about Jesus’ call to “make disciples.” You have understood your responsibility to obey that command. But, you have thought, “I’m just not sure I can do that.” Or, “I just don’t know how to do it.” Those excuses are no longer valid. I had the privilege of getting an advance […]

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Encouragement for the Pastor’s Heart

November 2, 2013

There are all kinds of things that can encourage a pastor’s heart – celebrating with a family at the birth of a child; seeing the church walking together in unity; etc.  But, near the very top of the list is seeing God use the truth of His Word, by the power of His Spirit, to impact […]

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Man Alive – A Review

September 13, 2013

I have read several Christian books dealing with Men’s issues. And, of all the books I’ve read, Man Alive by Patrick Morley is one of them. There were some aspects of the book that resonated with me, and others that did not. There were a couple of things that simply did not sit well with […]

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How to See Your Sunday School Excel

August 29, 2013

Books written by theoreticians can sometimes be helpful when you are trying to learn information about a new area of mission or ministry. However, when wanting advice on how to evaluate and improve upon an existing area of ministry, the careful thoughts and experience of the practitioner is the greater need. In Sunday School That […]

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Growing in the Grace of Giving

August 12, 2013

I don’t work out a lot. Ok, hardly at all. (I am not bragging. Just being honest.) However, when I do exercise, I often work out the body parts that I enjoy working out, or those that are ‘easier’ for me to work out. I know there are weaker areas that really need more attention, […]

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A Comprehensive, Accessible Resource on Paul

July 2, 2013

I was pleased recently to get a copy of Lars Kierspel’s book Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul. It is one of the newest installments in Kregel’s Kregel Charts of the Bible series. There are two words that come to mind when evaluating  Kierspel’s book – Comprehensive and Accessible. The book is comprehensive in scope, including […]

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Advanced Strategic Planning – An Indispensable Resource for Pastors

July 1, 2013

Though  I have been in pastoral ministry for over 10 years, I have been the lead pastor of a church for only 6 months. While I felt well-prepared for approaching this responsibility in areas such as preaching and teaching, leadership in general was an area I felt I needed personal growth. It is not that […]

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Why Do You Pray?

April 24, 2013

A good friend of mine once wrote, “One of the greatest acts of pride in the life of a Christian is prayerlessness.” The point he was making is that when we fail to pray, it is as if we are saying to God, “I don’t need you. I can handle the things in my life […]

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A Gift to Pastors and Churches

February 15, 2013

I recently received an invitation from Aubrey Malphurs (Church Consultant; Author; Founder of The Malphurs Group) to be part of a “launch team” in preparation for the release of his new book, Look Before You Lead: How to Discern and Shape Your Church Culture. I agreed to participate. I am very glad I did. There were at least […]

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A New Chapter Soon Begins

December 1, 2012

After 14 years as a member – and almost 10 years on staff – at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC, our family will be headed to Central Baptist Church in Henderson, NC where I will begin serving as Sr. Pastor on January 1. This is obviously a bittersweet time for our family […]

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