The story of Joseph (coupled with the entire witness of Scripture) gives us a greater perspective on dealing with the disappointment, pain, and anger of broken dreams.
What do we do when the dream that was birthed in our heart, nurtured in our mind, and developed through depth of sacrifice that few will ever know, lies shattered beyond repair?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned after planting three churches and being around hundreds of others, it’s this: EVERY CHURCH PLANT IS DIFFERENT.
Burnout is more than just being tired or feeling stressed.
I thought I could just power through it. It will pass. I just have to get through this stretch, then things will get better. But it didn’t get better. Each new day I felt like I was sinking deeper and deeper into a dark pit that I couldn’t pull myself out of. I knew I needed to make some significant changes, but I didn’t know how. I felt trapped.
It was like I was cruising down the highway on a beautiful sunny day with the top down – sun on my face, wind in my hair, my beautiful bride at my side… WHAM!! One-hundred-miles-per-hour into a brick wall. One moment I was happily cruising along with a bright future clearly in view and the next I was lying disillusioned and disoriented in the middle of the road with no sign of hope on the horizon.
Maybe I was naïve, ignorant, or just hopeful, but I didn’t think it would be this hard. I hoped I could just sit under another pastor’s teaching and be ministered to. I hoped I could just let the Spirit wash over me in worship. I hoped I’d make some new friends, reconnect with some old ones, and be refreshed in relationships. But after nearly 8 months since stepping out of the pastorate, I’m finding it extremely difficult to be just “going to church” for the first time in 18 years.
In the blockbuster movie Avengers: Infinity War, earth’s superheroes find themselves in the unfamiliar and uncomfortable position of being on the losing end of the battle. For years, they’ve enjoyed celebrity status as the protectors of the universe until an other-worldly foe, Thanos, forcefully challenges their position. In many ways, this serves as a metaphor for the […]
I am on Sabbatical this summer so I’ve had the opportunity to be a guest worshipper in several other churches. I’ve heard some great preaching and some not-so-great preaching. I’ve had the opportunity to hear a lot of different preachers from rookies to seasoned veterans and across the line I’ve witnessed these common mistakes that many preachers make.
Do you make any of these common preaching faux pas?
THE GREAT COMMISSION “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have […]