When I first signed up to be a pastor it was with a sense of excitement, anticipation and commitment to a call to ministry – recovering the lost, making disciples, caring for souls, partnering with Jesus, making a difference for God’s kingdom. But along the...

Since transitioning away from the pastorate four years ago, I’ve had a lot more time to sit, pray and think. I have conversations with myself. That’s right, I talk to myself a lot. My former self – the younger, inner city, small church Pastor Mike...

What’s happened to Christmas? Commercial superficiality has intruded on this once hallowed celebration and hollowed it out. All that’s left is a non-stop shopping binge and way too many obligatory holiday events to attend, leaving all but the most ardent Yuletide devotees, worn out and...

Do you know what we’re asking when you pray, “Come Holy Spirit”?Do you understand just how risky it is? It seems safe enough. It’s a prayer spoken in lots of churches these days. But do we know what we’re getting ourselves into? Do we realize we’re...

A few years ago, substandard construction was found to have triggered a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh. It housed four factories, some shops and a bank. Over one hundred and fifty people died, more than a thousand were injured, countless survivors were trapped, buried beneath...

What if you were stripped of all the props and scaffolding that make you feel good about yourself and your life? Would you become angry and miserable and stop trusting God or would you still serve him with all your heart?   My wife and I were...

We can’t see mysteries, we can only trust them… One of the hardest, if not thehardest thing for me to believe is God’s providence in everything that takes place in life. By providence I mean recognizing God’s will in everything that happens to me and in...

I know I might be stepping on some toes with this post but… Pastor, suppose you fed your family a steady diet of pre-packaged frozen TV dinners. After all they’re made for our ultra-busy lifestyles. They’re cheap, convenient, and require little preparation. But they’re not...

I attended the memorial service of a great man a few years ago. He was some one I greatly admired and influenced me deeply. You won’t find his name in history books or in Who’s Who but what made him great in my eyes was...