Praying with Your People

Praying with Your People

Too often prayer is perfunctory or pragmatic. We pray because it is mealtime or bedtime. We pray for the offering so the ushers can walk from the back to the front of the auditorium.... Read More »
Teaching Others to Pray

Teaching Others to Pray

Although instructional components are involved, I think that competency in prayer comes more through practice than through formulaic adherence. It’s true that Jesus “taught” His... Read More »
Prayer as Relationship

Prayer as Relationship

One of the great gifts my father gave to me was the ability to tell stories. One of my preferred pastimes as a boy was to sit and listen to Dad tell stories about his childhood. One of... Read More »
The Pastor’s Prayer Life

The Pastor’s Prayer Life

Okay, true confession time. Do you pray as much as you ought? Do you pray as much as you would like? Are you disciplined about when you pray and what you pray for? Do you have a person... Read More »
Getting Connected

Getting Connected

A passage of Scripture in Titus 2 encourages older women to train younger women: “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or... Read More »
Mentoring Your Family

Mentoring Your Family

In the early days of my ministry, I failed to be a proper mentor to my family. I got into the habit of bringing home a briefcase full of work every evening. My wife and sons would be... Read More »
The Pastor as a Mentor

The Pastor as a Mentor

The Spring 2011 issue of Leadership Journal features an article written by Gordon MacDonald entitled “Going Deep.” MacDonald is convinced that a great need in the 21st-century... Read More »
Mentoring

Mentoring

This morning I received a phone call from a very dear friend. We chatted about family, ministry, and life in general. We shared, for just a few minutes, some of our frustrations and... Read More »
A Prodigal Son or Daughter

A Prodigal Son or Daughter

Fathers have come to my office eager to talk about their sons or daughters who were far from God. Some of these men were suffering from attitude problems and made remarks like: “When... Read More »
Suicide

Suicide

Irene called, asking me to come to her house immediately. Her husband Walter had taken his own life. In the short time it took to drive there, I tried to review their story. Irene and... Read More »
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