Reading with the Pastor Psalms 64-65 “Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; Preserve my life from dread of the enemy.” Psalm 64:1 (ESV) I am reading a book written by one of my professors from seminary. For years I have looked upon him as one of the great gifts to the … More Fighting Depression and Anxiety Well
Wednesday is for Thinking Meditation on Isaiah 9:6 Some years ago, I was counseling with a man who was crushed in spirit. As we talked, it was becoming clear to me that he was living with a monster. He had neglected his wife for the duration of his marriage and now he was finding out … More Wonderful Counselor, What Does it Mean?
Just spent 20 minutes talking on the phone with a man I have never met who called up the pastor (me) of his father’s former church. He was emotional, drunk, broken, guilt ridden and longing, in the emptiness of all the choices that hollowed his life out, for a return to a more innocent time. … More “Friday Night” Party Night
Weekend Links I am a grandfather again! Meredith and Dan just had their second child. Young Owen has a baby sister, Ellie Leta, born this morning weighing 7lb. 1 oz and measuring 18″ long. We are excited for them and us and excited to see our new family member. Enjoy the weekend links. Better Thinking … More Lazy Atheists; John Stewart’s Prejudice; Tim Keller on Suffering; Government Homosexuality Numbers; Smart Phones Making us Dumb and more
Thursday is for Discipleship It destroys love. It destroys unity. It harms relationships, . sometimes beyond repair. It creates barriers to reaching others. It dishonors God. It poisons work environments. It undermines trust. It is condemned in Scripture. It pollutes our spirit. And most of us tolerate it in our lives everyday. It … More Killing Gossip for the Glory of God
Tuesday is for Counseling: A Great New Book On Thursday, I will post an interview with Matt Mitchell, a fellow EFCA pastor from the great state of Pennsylvania. I’m not sure where Matt and I crossed paths but I have appreciated his ministry for some time. His blog, Matt-Mitchell.blogspot.com, is filled with pastoral insight and … More Coming: An Interview with the Author of a Book I Hope Becomes a Runaway Bestseller
Tuesday is for Teaching Pastoring a multi-staff church and multi-site churches and consulting with similar churches and other pastors, I am periodically drawn into the forest of a church’s counseling load. And in many instances, you see the people of God falling into the same traps and unproductive paths of thinking that sabotage real progress … More The Right Thing Is Not Always the Effective Thing.
Weekend Links A lot of links this weekend. Some to challenge your thinking. Some to make you laugh. Some to shake your categories. But not everything is of equal value. Understanding the Gospel Crucifixion, What Was It? (Mark Driscoll- video) A Young Boys Triumph Over Cancer at the Cost of His Death (World Magazine) Penn … More Alan West, Lady Gaga, Evangelicals, the Penn State story, Thomas Sowell and much more