Success in ministry = big church, multi-staff, big budgets, speaking engagements…right?!?

Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash If you were to ask ten pastors the question of what constitutes success in ministry you would undoubtedly get ten different answers. Each response may have some similarities with other responses but I imagine that the thrust of what each person said would be distinctly different. Is success in ministry proportionate to…

The Pastor as Historical Theologian: Some Initial Thoughts

Recently I attended a Christian academic conference were Christian scholars from around the world presented papers on various topics. One paper I had the privilege to listen to was from Dr. J. G. Duesing, provost and professor of church history at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Duesing’s paper presented a proposal for how professors might…

Joy’s Secret Weapon

You have a secret weapon in fighting for joy. As a pastor, counseling people in trouble is a regular part of my life. I counsel teenagers, singles, married couples, 20 somethings, empty nesters, and all points in between. Most people who come for counseling are not joyful–that’s often what drives them to seek counseling in…

Worth a Look: ETS and Transgender Christianity?; What Theological Issues are Facing the Church?; David Zuleger, Lead Pastor at Bethlehem (south)

Here are a few things we believe are worth a look. At the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society this year, a paper was presented arguing for the viability of “Transgender Christianity.” This is important because what happens in the academy runs downhill into our churches. Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological…

Why Did My Friend Take His Life?

My friend took his life two weeks ago. When I read the news, I felt as if I was standing on a shifting fault line. My stomach ignited and sent its flaming fingers up my chest and grabbed hold of my throat, choking each attempted breath. These reactions racked my body as I tried to…