Every Pastor Needs a Harvey Chaffins

Every Pastor Needs a Harvey Chaffins

Our family consists of seven living creatures. Five are humans and two are animals. The first nonhuman family member is a skittish and annoyingly nocturnal hamster named Snowball and... Read More »
The Grace of Giving

The Grace of Giving

“You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9niv). My... Read More »
Saving Grace

Saving Grace

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph. 2:8-9 niv). God has... Read More »
Grace on Display

Grace on Display

During His ministry, Jesus gave hints that the church He would build (Matt. 16:18) would not be exclusively Jewish. He told His listeners, “I have other sheep that are not of this... Read More »
Church Grace (part two)

Church Grace (part two)

My second assignment as a lead pastor turned into 26 grace-filled years inAkron,Ohio. I should write a book rather than a blog on this topic, but here are just a few examples of... Read More »
Church Grace (part one)

Church Grace (part one)

Never once in my 43 years as a pastor did I look in the mirror and think, “They are so lucky to have me as their leader.” But there were very few days when I did not stop and pray,... Read More »
People Grace (part three)

People Grace (part three)

Jared played basketball with me and 25 to 30 other guys at 4:00 on Fridays. I barely knew him. He came with a high school friend, and I came with my 60-year-old body. Ten years after... Read More »
People Grace (part two)

People Grace (part two)

The Smiths came to worship late and left early. And because they always sat in the balcony of our large worship center, I didn’t even know their faces. But on our last Sunday after... Read More »
People Grace (part one)

People Grace (part one)

If grace is the good we get from God that we do not deserve, pastors see plenty of it. We are in on people’s lives at the best and the worst of times, and it is during these times... Read More »
Moments of Grace (Part Three)

Moments of Grace (Part Three)

We have been thinking about grace experiences this month, and to this point we have thought about people who have impacted us professionally and personally with their generous concern... Read More »
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