Planning, planning, planning. 

For last few weeks I've been wanting a standing desk. What is that, you ask? It's literally a desk tall enough for a person to stand and work rather than sitting all day. So, last week I visited a few furniture stores and office furniture stores looking to price a standing desk. I found two … Continue reading Planning, planning, planning. 

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The Heart to Lead

Recently, our church held a Clergy Appreciation Service and personally, it marked eight years for me as a pastor. Eight years! That got me thinking. So, I've "Googled" average pastor tenure and several sites say the average is three to four years. Think about that. On average, in less than five years, the pastor and … Continue reading The Heart to Lead

Good Morning Baltimore

The movie "Hairspray" opens with the song "Good Morning Baltimore". It's a happy song about the finer points of the city. But as the movie progresses, the very serious issues of body image discrimination and racial segregation take front stage. In the end, it takes a galvanizing leader and a courageous teenager to open the … Continue reading Good Morning Baltimore

Correcting with Grace

When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him. (‭Luke‬ … Continue reading Correcting with Grace

Numbering Our Days

"So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12 What's the best way for you to spend your time in 2015? When Moses wrote Psalm 90 his appeal to God was "teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." As we experience … Continue reading Numbering Our Days

Leading Ways

He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known. (Proverbs 10:9 NKJV) Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed. (Proverbs 10:9 MSG) As a leader, how would your followers describe you? Proverbs 10:9 describes two extremes of what of person or leader can … Continue reading Leading Ways

Sweep the Path

So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might … Continue reading Sweep the Path

The Source of Strife

One of the jobs I held right after college was with a paining company. It was a small operation and we mostly painted apartments for students around campus. One day, a guy who had been with the company much longer than myself began to complain about the equipment and pointed out several problems with the … Continue reading The Source of Strife

Riverland Church

This weekend my family and I traveled to Summerville, South Carolina to celebrate the launch of Riverland Church http://www.riverlandchurch.com . We've been a part of this church plant since meeting our good friends Jeff and Lexi Centers two years ago. Throughout the weekend we were blessed to spend time with the Centers, and Rick and … Continue reading Riverland Church