Leading with a Limp

Jacob left Peniel,¬†and he was limping because of the injury to his hip (Gen. 32.31; NLT) Too many times we focus on the action of leadership and not the ontology of the leader. That is, when asked to define what a leader is, most people’s responses are boiled...

God’s Broad Shoulders

One of the fascinating aspects of my profession is that I come in contact with a lot of Christians who want to engage with their faith in a deep way. Rather than being content with showing up on Sunday or being CINO (Christian In Name Only), these folks want to...

An Evangelical Priesthood

I have noticed over the past few months several posts on how pastors are the shepherds of congregants’ souls. Words like “authority,” “under,” “blessing,” “accountability,” etc. have been enough to make my skin...

Light Switches and Boxes

Pastors, Your ministry, indeed, your life is not a box. It is not a series of clear and clean and easy organized rubrics by which we can measure success or faithfulness. You were not meant to be holy in front of others and debased behind closed doors–yes, and...