Photo by Tanaphong Toochinda on Unsplash I heard the words I longed for to come out of her mouth. No, it wasn’t “I love you daddy.” It wasn’t even “you were right.” It was, “I hope my kids aren’t this hard.”  And it came after my daughter found a couple of her journals from junior…

lessons for small churches

Lessons From The Hart of Dixie My wife and I just got done watching a series about a New Yorker who moves to a small rural southern town.  I liked it because I have always liked the South.  She liked it because of the relationships.  The theme of the show is how this big city…

Wow, it’s hard for me to believe, but I started my 25th year at this congregation last month.  I have loved…most of my time here.  Let’s be honest, serving a church in one location is like being married;  You love each other deeply, but you have your ups and down.  I believe that’s a good…

What’s Missing in Modern Worship? I just got done reading a good, but sad commentary on the modern church by Tim Challies. Check it out here. He mentioned several areas that missing in too many modern worship services. His list included; prayer, scripture reading, confession of sin and assurance of pardon, expositional preaching and congregational…

photo: unsplash.com It’s all in how you look at things Tax time is an interesting time for my wife and me. We are both self-employed, so when it comes to knowing our income, it’s a guessing game until we sit down with our tax lady. As it turned out, my wife made more than we…

I’ve been singing the blues lately as this has been a tough year for me professionally. We have a wonderful congregation, but for some reason, we lost a lot of people this year. Some moved, some fell away and some were fussing and fighting with each other and went to different churches. I tried so…

As a small church minister, I wear many hats. It simply comes with the territory.  You are expected to visit everyone with any kind of need (and be in the office to be available to anyone who comes in), simple maintenance around the building, prepare quality lessons and Bible classes, oversee offices issues like the…

It was one of those weekends that preachers everywhere dread. It started off innocently enough Friday. I had a little bit of sinus tickle, but that has been my last month or 2 it seems like. I didn’t think much of it throughout the day but my voice started getting a little rough. Still, I…

There are days when I love those around me so much I can hardly contain my joy. And then there are days I could lock them all in a dark room and forget about them! Why is it that God has given us all individual personalities that connect and repel those we come in contact…

Every organization has key personnel. In the business world, there is often role redundancy to cover when one of those key players for that part of a project doesn’t come through for one reason or another. In churches we often try to do the same thing, but it gets harder as we work with a…

Not too long ago, I was sitting next to a preacher and his wife while visiting their church. I happened to glance over to see the unbelievable! The wife was reading her text messages while we were singing. THE PREACHER’S WIFE! How can you ever overcome cell phone usage in church when even the leadership…

Christmas Came Early!   Welcome to my first attempt at a blog! My goal is to encourage and challenge with various thoughts and share my life and musings as a minister of a smaller church in a rural setting. I hope you find the blog worthwhile and hopefully amusing from time to time. I am…

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