Our 8-year-old son Cooper was asked to work in his class store at the end of church this past Sunday.
While standing there taking kids’ Bible Bucks and exchanging them for small prizes, he ate a Starburst off the table! He was immediately gripped with such conviction that he went and told his teacher. She said it was ok and that she forgave him and appreciated his honesty.
Later when Cooper got in the car with his dad he retold the story to him and said, “daddy I’m so sorry!” Jeremy said, “Buddy its ok, thanks for being honest. What we will do is take some of the money you have saved and buy some new Starburst and turn them in on Sunday to pay back for your decision. I also think you need to tell your mom when we get home.” Cooper was reluctant to get out of the car and when he did he started crying. Then he told me the story, and I responded the same as the others and told him “I appreciated your honesty and your sweet heart for knowing it was wrong to take things that aren’t ours.”
Later that day we all began to watch the pre-game Super Bowl shows. Cooper sat and listened as they told the stories of the recent school shootings and other pretty scary events in the...read more
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Have you ever been in a meeting where the boss/pastor/supervisor said “Did you finish the ______?” only to have the person to whom the question was addressed sit stone faced and say “No, I didn’t know you were ready for me to start on that yet.”
The supervisor thought the project should have been completed by now. The employee didn’t even know the decision had been made to move into the action phase.
How does this happen?
It happens when there is a misunderstanding about whether the previous conversation was a discussion or a decision.
This is a phrase I learned from my mom and dad’s marriage. They had a great marriage before she passed away, and I NEVER saw them fight or argue. As I got older I learned that they discussed “the budget” and other things intentionally away from me and my brother to protect us. All it did for me is make me think I was headed for divorce the first time my wife and I had an argument...but I digress.
Mom used to describe the early days of their marriage when she would think they were discussing something and dad assumed it had been decided. She told examples of other times where she was sure they had decided on an issue only to see it...read more
Word came out recently that a well-known pastor of a huge mega-church ministry has resigned. It is a devastating loss to this church and to the kingdom influence in the world, in my opinion. In reading the statement this pastor gave to his church, there was a significant mention of how the travel, involvement and busyness of his schedule promoted in his words, “unhealthy choices” that ultimately led to his fall.
It made me think about how the trap of notoriety in ministry is often just as debilitating to our walk with God as other temptations. It should not be lost to us that Jesus was tempted by the devil with the allure of “all the kingdoms of the world”, if he would only surrender his worship of God! It’s a temptation as old as time and as leaders one that we must always be aware of.
I recall that in my first pastorate there was a precious woman who came by each Sunday and would remark, “You are the best pastor we have ever had!” I wasn’t! I was the current pastor and she loved me. I’m confident she had equally good and affirming things to say about other good pastors who followed and preceded me. However, I’ll admit that some days her words were pearls to my...read more
In a perfect world, you wouldn’t need to read this article, because you would never leave your current church, but the reality is at some point you may decide to leave and will want or need to have a conversation with one of your pastors about it.
Before I give you a few tips to make the conversation easier, let me try and explain something that is almost impossible to explain. When you’re talking to a pastor — especially a senior pastor — about anything having to do with the church, you are not just talking about the church. You are talking about the pastor’s life, heart and soul. I know you think you love the church as much as they do. I know you even think you’ve sacrificed and served the church as much as they have, but you haven’t. I don’t say that to be rude or mean; you just need to know that while you think about the church anywhere from two to ten hours a week (depending on your level of involvement) they are thinking about it all the time. They wake up and go to bed thinking about it. It’s probably unhealthy, but they can’t help it. They’ve invested everything in the church. They’ve sacrificed their family, health, marriage, and life to make the church the best it...read more
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