Managing Staff

Managing Staff

In a conversation with a pastor, I asked about the guidelines he gives to his large staff of pastors and directors. I felt embarrassed at his answer. He wondered why I would ask that,... Read More »
Tornados and the Story of Job

Tornados and the Story of Job

Several days ago I watched a weather forecast which included tornado watches stretching from Buffalo, NY, to Dallas, Texas—2,000 miles! In the wake of the heart-breaking devastation... Read More »
(Part 4) Walking Slowly

(Part 4) Walking Slowly

Six years ago next month, Caleb, who is now eleven, left Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. And it has been nearly 4 years since his release from all medical care related to his... Read More »
(Part 3) Walking Slowly

(Part 3) Walking Slowly

One of the biggest mistakes that we pastors can make when dealing with people experiencing great loss and pain is to say too much. I have found that most of the time people don’t... Read More »
(Part 2) Walking Slowly

(Part 2) Walking Slowly

Last time I ended with the question, “What happens if He (Jesus) walks too slowly toward our point of need and He arrives too late?” This is exactly what happened to Jairus. He... Read More »
(Part 1) Walking Slowly

(Part 1) Walking Slowly

Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.... Read More »
(Part 3) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

(Part 3) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

Last time we saw that when our circumstances are dark, difficult, and disappointing, our first need is to rekindle our confident trust in the ability of our God, as Paul did in 2... Read More »
(Part 2) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

(Part 2) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

When our circumstances feel overwhelming, how are we to respond? Out of any number of possibilities, we will focus on two—one today and one next time—both from the experience of... Read More »
(Part 1) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

(Part 1) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

In our last series of blogs, we considered how disappointment can visit spiritual servants through the actions and attitudes of other people. Sometimes, however, our disappointments... Read More »
(Part 3) Handling Disappointment with People

(Part 3) Handling Disappointment with People

We have seen that disappointment is an inevitable part of ministry. People let us down, and sometimes, as was Paul’s experience with Alexander the coppersmith (2 Tim. 4:14), they do... Read More »
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