“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
Years ago, when I was pastoring, I asked one of the ladies at our church to create a banner around the Latin term “Sursum Corda.” She did a fabulous job, visually depicting the concept of what the term literally means: “Up with Your Heart!” Hanging for all to see at the front of the church, … Continue reading The Thankful Pastor – Patterns for Healthy Pastoral Life Pt. 2
Another installment of humor from the kitchen door (even though we don't have one anymore) meant to lighten our souls for a moment. Enjoy!
I heard this wonderful piece recited at a recent conference by my friend, Peter Reid. Peter is connected with Lamplighters Ministry, and was the featured speaker. I asked him to send it to me, and I am pleased to share it with you. It reflects the yearning of my heart on many occasions. I trust … Continue reading Back to Jesus Alone
It's been a busy couple of weeks. (I hate ever saying how busy I am, even if it's the truth.) So I am catching up on my posting and thought I would share a couple of links to some other bloggers that have challenged me over the last few days. The first one comes from … Continue reading In the Meantime…