How Envy Becomes Respect

Getting Past Envy of Other Pastors

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A number of years ago, I sat in an Applebee’s with a fellow minister in our area. It was a typical pastor-lunch-share what’s going on kind of thing. Both of us were considered to be “up and comers.” We were close in age and even among well-meaning men who love the Lord, competition can crop up subtly. His preaching/teaching gifts were ahead of my own, but our church was growing faster than theirs.

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 149

Featuring Prince, Advocacy Groups, and the Fragility of Life

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Here’s what’s on my mind this morning: return This weekend event at church celebrates its five-year anniversary. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been that long. At another level, it feels like it’s been 20 years. Not 50. 20…enough to feel like we are more mature as a church than we are. This week, […]

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 148

Featuring Kobe Bryant, Dogs, and the Anti-Atonement folks

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Here’s what’s on my mind this morning: I’ve been offline a bit…just quite busy and haven’t had much to say. I resolved a long time ago that if I didn’t have something I thought might be helpful to someone…I’d not say it. God knows we have enough idle chatter in the world. Well, I’ve been […]