Pastoring: the Job is Tougher than You ThinkBLOG ENTRY

Pastoring: the Job is Tougher than You Think

Years ago I heard Bill Hybels speak on Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power.”  The occasion was the Sunday Morning service at the end of a pastor’s conference.  Pastor Hybel’s words rang true then and now for ALL ministry leaders. Bill Hybels on “Leading a Church” I believe that the church

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The Power of Small Groups and Our Life in ChristBLOG ENTRY

The Power of Small Groups and Our Life in Christ

This week I am in Atlanta, GA., teaching a class in spiritual formation for the Salvation Army.  Part of the class is learning the power and purpose of small groups in forming our lives in Christ.  Today I read a historically accurate but imaginary description of a class meeting (small

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My Easter FaithBLOG ENTRY

My Easter Faith

Easter is a moment to remember where we stand.  I will tell you the foundation of my faith.  My faith firmly stands on two feet: Christ died for me. Christ lives in me. Keep it simple.  Don’t complicate it.  The whole of the Christian faith is this:  Christ died and

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Yet, I Believe!BLOG ENTRY

Yet, I Believe!

  Maundy Thursday celebrates the Last Supper of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We remember the event with Messianic Passover meals, with beautiful music, and an image of DiVinci’s painting, circled with a halo.  However, in contrast to these images, the event was encompassed with intrigue, betrayal, hidden agendas, and power-grabs.

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A Tribute to Lora Lee ParrottBLOG ENTRY

A Tribute to Lora Lee Parrott

    For Lora Lee Parrott – From A. Leslie Parrott Several months before my father, A. Leslie Parrott, passed away, he sent me a tribute he had written to my mother, Lora Lee Parrott.  Dad had written the tribute many years earlier (1991).  He wanted me to share his

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When the Pressure is on, what Matters?BLOG ENTRY

When the Pressure is on, what Matters?

  Businesses and churches share a common mantra today: “do more with less!” Our value to the organization, quakes and trembles in a trinity of demands: 1-relationships, 2-achievement, and 3-power.  Let me spell these out in a little more detail: Relationships:  Are you pleasing the right people?  Is there someone

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Backs Against the WallBLOG ENTRY

Backs Against the Wall

  Howard Thurman’s classic book, Jesus and the Disinherited, opens with this startling statement: Many and varied are the interpretations of the teaching and life of Jesus of Nazareth.  But few of these interpretations deal with what the teachings and life of Jesus have to say to those who stand,

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The Years TeachBLOG ENTRY

The Years Teach

  I remember my first interview for a full time position as a Senior Pastor.  (And, I became the pastor of the church.)  The small church was located in Corvallis, Oregon, a university town.  I was 24 years old and the pastor I was to follow was in his 70s. 

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I Met Jesus At The Football GameBLOG ENTRY

I Met Jesus At The Football Game

  Annette Harber is a member of the School of Education at Trevecca Nazarene University.  She works as an assisstant librarian.  Recently, she shared a moving and personal story with the faculty of the School of Education.  With Annette’s permission, the story is here for you: I Met Jesus at

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A Prayer for Our PastorsBLOG ENTRY

A Prayer for Our Pastors

In October, 2010, the pastor appreciation committee of our board asked me to pray for our pastoral staff on Appreciation Sunday.  The request took my breath away.  How to pray?  What to pray?  For the next several weeks I sat in my pew searching the faces of the people across

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