The Spiritual Trait All Pastors Should Have

Church leaders are called to be and do many noble things. Some of us will have more of this than that, and no one is perfect or has the maximum allowable amount of any virtue. However, there is one recognizable spiritual trait I’ve observed in all pastors that honor God with competent ministry over many […]

When Things Get Really Rough

No hope

Most of the time, life doesn’t stink. But, sometimes it flat out does. The old Morton Salt axiom, “When it Rains, it Pours,” comes to mind. The kids are sick, the car breaks down, the boss bears down, the church devolves into turmoil, marriage is full of tension, your health fails, money is short–whatever there […]


I've been preaching through Philippians for the last couple of months. One of the things it's reminded me of is the importance and beauty of resilience. Resilience is a testimony to God's power at work in a person's life. Resilience is different than perserverance to me. Perseverance brings connotations of sucking it up and finishing […]