I Wanna Be Down

https://youtu.be/PzpLkcfBe-A Everybody wants a hook up nowadays. Internet stars seem to be born every minute, and everyone becoming an entrepreneur or building a brand. One of the most effective ways to market yourself in this climate is to hitch yourself to a big name, so you can be associated with a known figure. The right … Continue reading I Wanna Be Down

Two Things That Make Ministry Hard

The three words I have often uttered to describe where I am in my ministerial career: "ministry is hard". Lately, I'm coming to learn that these words may actually be "full of it". While it is true, for me at least, the ministry was not a career move. I never chose ministry: ministry chose me. … Continue reading Two Things That Make Ministry Hard

Thriller: An Argument Of Success

At over 32 million units sold, Michael Jackson's Thriller is by far the most successful recording in history. I just want that to sink in; after 35 years, no other record has sold more than this instant classic. It is the epitome of recorded music success, but at what point do we determine that it … Continue reading Thriller: An Argument Of Success

Happy Slightly Used Year

We are 10 days into the new year. As usual many of us have made resolutions to do better and be better, but unfortunately some have already fallen off the wagon. New year's day always brings about a grand sense of renewed hope and optimism , but is rarely met with consistent discipline. I'm guilty … Continue reading Happy Slightly Used Year

Give It Your Best!

2 weeks ago, I chaperoned the middle school band at All Region tryout, with my oldest son and daughter. For weeks these students spent time and energy practicing to prepare, and the day had finally come. My daughter, the trombonist, was nervous. Last year, she was awarded 7th chair in the very same band, so … Continue reading Give It Your Best!

A Glorified Stick

Driving down a main street in my town, I noticed a real life junk man. He had his spread there on the side of the road, in true Fred G. Sanford style, arranged in what seemed to me to be no particular order. Everything from old street signs to rusted antique farm equipment was right … Continue reading A Glorified Stick

I Wish

https://youtu.be/cmXZOI7cM0M From the Wizard of Oz to Aladdin, there has always been a fascination with wishing.  Birthdays candles, a stray eye lash, coins in a fountain, first and shooting stars, and the list of wishing traditions go on and on. Wishing is something borne deep into the human fabric. While it makes for entertaining stories … Continue reading I Wish

Summertime

https://youtu.be/Kr0tTbTbmVA It's a feeling we all know so well. When we were kids, we all looked forward to it, with great anticipation. There is a song that declares Christmas to be the most wonderful time of the year, but there's another time, playing a very close second: SUMMERTIME! It's a time that we all wish we … Continue reading Summertime

Trailblazers & Bridge Burners

The entire world paused to honor Muhammad Ali, this weekend, after his passing. He was undoubtedly one of THE most single influential athlete ever, and quite possibly one of the most iconic figures, in 20th century history. He was a person of such high honor, and wide-spread appeal, that everyone had something kind to say … Continue reading Trailblazers & Bridge Burners

Dear Small Church Pastor

The church world is full of different types of people. The diversity in the Lord's church is a testament of God's love and power, that misses no one. Regardless of the state we're in, God's love and power is never out of our reach. Just like there is diversity among God's people, there is also diversity … Continue reading Dear Small Church Pastor