How Envy Becomes Respect

Getting Past Envy of Other Pastors


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 – 146

Featuring Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Why the World is Becoming more Religious

stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this morning: If I could play one musical instrument, I think I might pick the drums. I decided to grab a copy of the new ESV Journaling Bible—Interleaved Edition. When open, it has one page of text on one side, and an entire blank page on the other. It is […]

Familiarity Breeds Awesome 

A Leadership Lesson from the Thunderbirds


There’s an old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” I don’t know who coined the phrase or what the circumstances were, but they were wrong for the most part – at least with regards to leadership. From nearly entry vantage point of church leadership, I’ve found familiarity to be an asset. Positive familiarity brings efficiency, trust, and […]