Reflections on My 21st Anniversary: How Wives Are Made

Upon reflection, marrying a beautiful woman isn't that hard. I was an underemployed, college dropout when Brooke married me. We later found out that someone literally planned to interrupt the ceremony when the pastor asked: "If ...
On Being Bi-Vocational - Serving Chicken to the Glory of God

On Being Bi-Vocational: Serving Chicken to the Glory of God

Since I first tasted Chick-fil-A twenty years ago at a mall in Enid, Oklahoma, I have loved it. But, I never really expected to be working for them. I never thought I would go from being ...
Why We Should Acknowledge Failure

Why We Should Acknowledge Failure

When I was in the fourth grade I wanted to ride a horse. So, I got my little brother Alan to lure one underneath a tree where I would hop on and take off bareback like ...
Don't Punch the Baby - Protecting Your Newborn Church

Don’t Punch the Baby: Protecting Your Newborn Church

This is a no-brainer, right? Everyone knows this. Hold gently. Swaddle securely. Protect from all manner of injury at all costs. New and expecting families pay billions of dollars for monitors, safety gates, cribs, carriers, high-chairs, ...
Why We Should Still Sing Hymns

Why We Should Still Sing Hymns

I grew up in a little church in Oklahoma. Every week I picked up our burgundy hymnal with gold embossing, looked in the weekly bulletin for hymn numbers, and sang along with the choir, all ornately ...
Holy Spirit Church Planting

Holy Spirit Church Planting

Church planting is Holy Spirit work. It is the Spirit who empowers and equips us for the mission of Jesus. Our great temptation is to rely on our personality, gifting, and resources to plant our church. ...
How a Bad Pastor Joke Can Make Your Parenting Worse

How a Bad Pastor Joke Can Make Your Parenting Worse

Pastors have a series of weak jokes they tell about how their views on parenting have changed as they've matured. The idea is that young ministers preach with certainty about parenting, but the older, wiser pastors ...
Practical Tips for Church Plant Fundraising

Practical Tips for Church Plant Fundraising

While I am not a fundraising professional, I have learned a few things as a church planter. If you are going to plant a church as well and eventually purchase a building, you will most likely ...
Church Planting Is Not Mystical

Church Planting Is Not Mystical

We’ve all heard the stories of overnight success. Church planters who launched their church with no advertising and hundreds of people showed up on day one. This can leave us feeling that church planting must be ...