Weaving Gospel Fluency into Every Sunday Message

The apostle Paul instructed the church in Ephesus that the means by which we help each other grow up in every way in Christlikeness is by speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). What is the truth? In verse 21, ...

New Devotional – Selah: Devotions from the Psalms

"I love the Psalms. I love the rawness, the awe, the beauty, the anger, the vulnerability, the sorrow, the joy, the hope. There is nothing sterile, aloof, cool, safe, or glammed up about them, and that is what ...

9 Tools You Need for Your 4th of July Sermon

Fourth of July weekend is a great time to bring your church together to celebrate freedom. What’s even better, however, is that you have the opportunity to guide your congregation to seeing this holiday through...

Four Tips to Keep Kids S.A.F.E. on the Playground

Did you know there are more than 200,000 children injured on America’s playgrounds each year? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 75% of those accidents are caused by falls, equipment fail...

Trembling in My Hands

I was 14 years old when the Bible started to tremble in my hands. Raised in a Baptist church in north Nashville, having “walked the aisle” six years earlier, my experience in and of church was much like anyone ...

The Dangerous Work of the Pastorate

I’ve been a pastor in Washington, DC for more than 20 years. I have seen administrations come and go. The party in power one day is shown the door the next. Yesterday’s hero is today’s scoundrel. Often it can f...

The Least Preached Subject

In a church of 100 people, 20 people will likely experience depression or an anxiety disorder at some stage in their life. If you are in a church of that size, there are probably 5-10 people struggling with dep...

How to Have a Packed Church on Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is almost here and that means it’s time to hit the beach, amusement parks, or go camping. Wait, that’s what happens on Memorial Day weekend for most people. But life as a pastor requires yo...

10 Disciplines of a Godly Pastor

1. Discipline of Purity Sensuality is the biggest obstacle to godliness among Christian leaders. The fall of King David should not only instruct us but also scare the sensuality right out of us! Fill yoursel...