The Pastor and his Family

Pastors get asked a lot of questions when they sit down with a church search committee, as they should. Extending an invitation to a pastor is a big deal for both the church and the pastor. The range of questions they typically ask will no doubt vary from church to church, but one question that […]

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Interview on Small-town Ministry

About a month ago, the Gospel Coalition published my article Small-town Ministry is Big with Opportunity.  To say the least, I was surprised by the response. Several pastors and leaders contacted me from all over the place to thank me for the article and spoke of how it encouraged them. But the biggest surprise was when […]

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Some Reflections on Blogging

I started this blog exactly 10 years ago today. I was still in my first year of pastoral ministry and blogging was becoming popular so I thought, why not give it a try? Since then, there have been seasons where I have blogged quite frequently and other seasons where I have blogged rather infrequently. A […]

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The Pastor and Personal Holiness

“My people’s greatest need is my personal holiness.” So wrote Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843), an influential Scottish pastor of his time. If you were to survey pastors today and ask them this simple question: “what do you think the greatest need of your congregation is?” I suspect you would get a whole host of different answers, […]

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The Call of God

I have always been fascinated by the bible passages where the call of God is given directly to His chosen servant. Let me give you a few examples. Moses: “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt. But Moses said to God, Who […]

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Billy Graham’s Biggest Regret

As the tributes have poured in from all over the world following the death of the renowned evangelist Billy Graham, I remembered back to an interview he did with Greta Van Sustern a few years ago. In one of the questions, Sustern asked Graham, “If you were to do things over again, would you do […]

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