The Difficult Art of Listening

“I’m not satisfied with how well I help when someone comes to me for counsel.” “When the other person is sharing their trouble, are you thinking of how to answer?” “Yes.” “That’s your problem.” I we...

Two Questions to Break Despair

Her tears flowed as she told her sad story. Her husband was distant toward her, her children rebellious. They were in debt, and now she was having medical problems. As her story unfolded, I became more and more...

Dear Church Family

Dear Church Family, This will be the last time I note differences between Sam and me. (Well, maybe not.) You probably have detected a difference in preaching style. I tend to be animated in the pulpit—arms f...

Not Why, But What

“Pastor, why do you think this is happening to me? Is it because I failed to show sympathy to my mother?” No doubt you have been asked a similar question, from “why did God not let me get the job” to “why di...

To the Glory of God

For the Sunday marking his 25th anniversary at Tenth Church (he would serve seven more years before his death), James Boice selected 2 Timothy 3:14–15 for his text.  But as for you, continue in what you have...

Three Commitments

“Most crises are not crises. When I was younger, I thought that whatever I considered important was a battle to fight for. I came to learn that if something is of the Lord, it will work out in God’s timing.” ...