You Must be a Man to be a Father

My firstborn child turned 10 years old today. Today I have been a father for a decade. So, Dustin, what have you learned? I can sum up the majority of the lessons I’ve learned in this one sentence: if you want to be a father, you have to be a man. And I don’t mean…

Hope for Stubborn Sins

No one enjoys feeling trapped. When you feel trapped, you feel suffocated, pressed in, like there’s no way to escape. Many Christians live feeling like they are trapped in sin. While we experience the joy of Christ changing us through the power of the Spirit, there always seems to be certain sins from which each…

Why Do I Feel Like I’m Missing Something?

Do you feel like you’re missing something? Just below the surface but constantly there, we often feel as if we should be more, have more, accomplish more, prove more, or get more to show that we are complete. The question, “Am I enough?” echoes through the chambers of our hearts as we face each day. You…

Leadership Must Involve Encouragement

One of my favorite leadership expressions says that if you think you’re leading people but no one is following, you’re not leading – you’re just taking a walk. A surefire way to get people to stop following is to be demanding and correct them constantly without offering profuse encouragement. As Mark Chanski says in his…

How to Guard Unity

Therefore I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.(Ephesians 4:2-3) Humility, patience, forbearance, and…

The Kaleidoscope of God’s Glory

I am about as fashion impaired as a person could be. Everybody has those pictures of when they were kids wearing ridiculous outfits, bad color combinations, and cringe-worthy haircuts. You didn’t worry about what matched, you just threw on what was clean and closest to you and off you went. But for me those pictures…

Community Breeds Joy

“Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete” (2 John 12). Messages delivered through pen or text are no match for the joy-infusing power of the spoken word.…

The Heart of a Shepherd-Leader

Christian leaders know and invest their lives in those they lead. To a faithful Christian leader, those in their ministry do not exist for their benefit. The true shepherd so desires the vitality of those they lead that the impression they make on the shepherd’s hearts lasts long after the leadership relationship is completed. One…

Pastor, Challenge Your Men!

One of the church’s most important tasks is to raise men of courage who have the will and the internal strength to stand firm for the sake of the gospel. The church needs men who are not swayed by criticism, not pursuers of their own comfort, not afraid to say the hard thing when it…

Before You Speak, Remember These Things

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him (Proverbs 29:20). Biblical wisdom says there should be thought that proceeds words. Anytime we speak into a situation, careful consideration of what is said will lead to fitting words that give grace and refreshment…