Ability doesn’t equal identity

Last week, my friend Jeff Centers, pastor of Riverland Church, shared a thought with me. He said one of the primary ways the enemy attacks ministry leaders is in the area of identity. As we discussed this concept I began to believe Jeff was right. Immediately my mind went to the interaction between Jesus and … Continue reading Ability doesn’t equal identity

What are you preaching this year?

A few weeks ago I posted 5 Steps to Sermon Series Planning http://wp.me/p2yUh4-8o . This week, I'd like to follow up that post by sharing my plan for the first quarter of the year. Prayerfully you'll see how strategy and opportunity are key components of my plan. First, through prayer, God has revealed a theme … Continue reading What are you preaching this year?

5 Steps to Sermon Series Planning

Let's talk a little about sermon series planning. This is the time of year when I'm seeking God's guidance on what to preach next year. I realize that may be a new concept for some so let me explain. I typically preach in a series format that lasts anywhere from three weeks to six weeks. … Continue reading 5 Steps to Sermon Series Planning

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

Make a Faith Exchange

This is my final segment on Dealing With Grief. I wasn't sure if I could write the last section because I didn't know if I was emotionally ready to move forward. Recent events changed all of that. On Thanksgiving night, 24 year old Shuntell Turk was murdered by her boyfriend. My family has known Shuntell … Continue reading Make a Faith Exchange

I Just Got That Faith

Another stage of the grieving is Bargaining. According to WebMD "This stage may involve persistent thoughts about what could have been done to prevent the loss. People can become preoccupied about ways that things could have been better. If this stage is not properly resolved, intense feelings of remorse or guilt may interfere with the … Continue reading I Just Got That Faith

Denial, numbness, and shock

In my research on grief, I've stumbled across information on five stages. The stages are not sequential, meaning, we don't experience them in any particular order. Depending on the circumstances, we may experience one or all of the stages in random order. Ultimately, we want to reach the Acceptance stage. The five stages of grief … Continue reading Denial, numbness, and shock

Shun’s Eulogy

On Saturday, I was blessed and honored to eulogize my uncle, Shun Bishop. For my family and friends, I'd like to share that message with you today. May it bring hope, comfort, and encouragement to us all. Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your … Continue reading Shun’s Eulogy