“From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brandmarks of Jesus” (Galatians 6:17). This has been a season of grief. I have experienced more sadness and grief - and the anger that can often accompany these - in the last 6 months than I have in … Continue reading A Season of Grief
I am a real person who occupies an office. David Rohrer in The Sacred Wilderness of Pastoral Ministry Then God said, ’Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’ then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man … Continue reading To My Fellow Pastors…who are People too!
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:17-18 Dear fellow … Continue reading To My Fellow Cultivators of Peace
I am not sure that any time in my journey with Jesus – and as a leader in the church – has seemed more like an off-road event than this last year. The big detour sign on the “normal” lanes has put me on side roads that have turned into nothing more than tire tracks … Continue reading To My Fellow Pastor/road-warriors
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” – 1 Timothy 4:15 One of the highest compliments I hear being given to a pastor or ministry leader is that they are “well grounded” in their teaching. It implies that they have committed themselves … Continue reading The Grounded Pastor – Patterns for a Healthy Pastoral Life, Part 3
WE ARE GROWING! PIR(Pastor-in-Residence) Ministries welcomes new staff One of the significant prayer requests that has been running in the background of our ministry for some time has been that God would bring new staff our way. He has answered in abundance. Since January, we have welcomed on board two new Regional Directors – … Continue reading News Release from PIR Ministries
I am grateful for the insights that my friend Ray Carroll shares regarding any "timetable" we might attach to restoration for those that have experienced a moral failure. It is a marathon, not a sprint. You can read his cautionary words of advice here: http://fallenpastor.com/long-fallen-pastor-restoration-take/ Update 3/23/16 While the spirit of grace and hope runs deep … Continue reading Restoration…not a sprint, but a marathon!
"Today, I can write about helping pastors, or I can actually help them." This was the statement I made to my wife sitting out on our patio the other morning. As we talked over coffee, I was facing choices about my agenda for the day. There were a couple of situations that had come up … Continue reading A Loose Grip
It's winter...again! Time for a little laughter.
As pastors, laboring among broken people (and being broken ourselves!) there’s a lot of mess. Sometimes it feels like all you do is clean up the mess: “Clean-up on aisle 10!” So much work and effort, and it is most often unnoticed and unrewarding. I recently concluded teaching a class called “When God Hands You … Continue reading The Daily Grind