Forgiveness or Permission?

It’s never better to ask forgiveness than permission. It’s usually the last resort of the desperate—something we do when what we want to accomplish means more to us than our integrity or relationships. That doesn’t mean I don’t understand it. I’ve been there…many, many times. I’ve just never found in my experience, or that of […]

The Truth Shall Make You Odd

Hospital Room

Recently, I’ve been reading a book called, The Truth Shall Make You Odd: Speaking with Pastoral Integrity in Awkward Situations, by Frank Honeycutt. There are several strengths to this book–such as writing style, fresh takes on familar texts, etc. However, it was the title of the book that drew me to it. Telling the truth […]

Vision is Better than Hallucination

Moses Pillar Fire

One of the best ministry tips I might suggest at this time of year is to watch out for the pitfalls of church “resolutions.” Tis the season to resolve to do things, and there is nothing wrong with that. I have some goals of my own. Our church has some, as well. However, our resolutions can become our nemesis. If a church fails to meet human generated goals year after year, it will injure the church’s long-term resolve and erode their trust in leadership.

It should.