When Everything Else is Closed…

A lot of school districts are making the decision to return to online education, at least for part of the fall 2020 semester. I have heard from some who work in the tech industry in Silicon Valley that they expect to work from home until well into 2021. A lot of businesses that make use... Continue Reading →

Abdicating Leadership Roles

As we approach the time of the year when schools normally reopen, some teachers and teachers’ unions are making their views abundantly clear. Some are staging body bags in front of their district buildings while others are signing their wills and leaving them on the steps of city hall. Not only is this melodramatic, rivaling... Continue Reading →

2020 and Church Survivability

From the very beginning of the Coronavirus-related lockdowns, church leaders have been wondering about the survivability of many of America’s churches. Not having services on a weekly basis can be a serious blow to not only income, but to peoples’ interaction with and dedication to their local church family. Many churches survive on a week-to-week... Continue Reading →

Prophets or Mirrors

“The wind shall shepherd your shepherds…” Jeremiah 22:22 Jeremiah’s calling was not easy. Babylon was knocking on the door and God’s people were astray. God sent Jeremiah to speak his word to his people, pleading with them to return. God promises several times that if they return to him, worship him alone, and do justice... Continue Reading →

Pastors and Churches Endure

Seasons of crisis and turmoil lead to new waves of virtue signaling on social media. If you follow “Christian Social Media” you see the kind of virtue signaling that is full of complaints about what pastors and churches “haven’t done” and what pastors and churches are “supposed to do”. Nearly every one of these nuggets... Continue Reading →

The Church is Essential

One of the more unfortunate things that happened at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic was how our economy and culture got divided into “essential” and “non-essential” categories. It led to all kinds of awful classifications and even political chicanery as politicians keep many things closed or near-closed because they are “non-essential”. First of all,... Continue Reading →

Ephesians 4, Quarantine, and the Church

I started preaching through Ephesians a few weeks before the Coronavirus pandemic. In study, I was struck by the Ephesians 4 model of church leadership and spiritual gifting in a new way. Before the phrase “social distancing” entered our lexicon, I held my annual reviews with staff and began to lay the groundwork for how... Continue Reading →

Atheists Don’t Gather

The world is currently caught up in the Corona COVID-19 virus pandemic. The consequences of both the virus and the mitigation attempts are enormous, certainly much more far-reaching than we can now imagine. One of the characteristics of daily life right now is the constant, even unexpected, adjusting to a temporary new normal. Just about... Continue Reading →

Catching a Glimpse Behind the Curtain

Preaching through the first chapter of Ephesians isn’t easy. The whole chapter is packed with big ideas, abstract concepts, central doctrines to the Christian faith, and some talk about this “predestination” stuff. If you read a good commentary or study on the book, you will discover that the introduction is notoriously long and dense. Then... Continue Reading →

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