The Eraser Word: Eliminating the False Polarity Between Heart and Excellence

Photo by Ann H on Pexels.com      In conversation with a friend, I said something similar to the following statement: “Too often church music is performed by people with the right heart, but it’s lacking in excellence.”       My friend responded in an unexpected way.       He informed me that in the study of business, … Continue reading The Eraser Word: Eliminating the False Polarity Between Heart and Excellence

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Growing Pains

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Have you ever been embarrassed by how little you know about someone that you should know a lot about? Maybe you forgot a church members name, and have been calling them “sir” or “brother” for years now, and you’re too caught up in the charade to come clean and just … Continue reading Growing Pains

Infatuated: Christian Ministry in a Society in Love with Self

“I don’t want a brother.”  These were the words my two-and-a-half-year-old son spoke to my wife just two days after meeting his baby brother for the first time.  As an adult, I look at this statement as another one of those humorous yet blatantly honest things that kids say.  Of course he doesn’t want a … Continue reading Infatuated: Christian Ministry in a Society in Love with Self

Winning At More Than Most

Photo by bruce mars on Pexels.com What is success? Defining success can, at times, feel like describing color to a blind friend. It seems easy to describe, a thought you’ve pondered many times; but when you get down to actually defining it, it is more difficult. Maybe, like many rules of English, it seems that … Continue reading Winning At More Than Most

Guest Post: Riley Barrett – DDD (Divine Daily Direction)

Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com “Finding” God’s Will by Obeying Him One Day at a Time Spoiler Alert: I sometimes don’t take myself very seriously when writing…I like to think that me and English have a “mutual understanding”. I’m passionate about the content, but the formatting is business casual at best.  Swiftly climbing the ladder of … Continue reading Guest Post: Riley Barrett – DDD (Divine Daily Direction)

“Keys” to Ministry: A Church Pianist’s Perspective

Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com      There have been untold hundreds, yea, thousands of books written about ministry from the perspective of a pastor, or perhaps even a missionary.  However, it is uncommon to find a book about church ministry from the perspective of the church pianist.  This is actually somewhat surprising to me; almost … Continue reading “Keys” to Ministry: A Church Pianist’s Perspective

God’s Schedule, God’s Supply: A Message For Ministry

This post is a condensed version of a message I preached last fall. In Mark 6, Jesus calls the 12 disciples to go out and preach.  As they were doing so, they were to minister to those they met.  They were to take none of the comforts of life with them.  They were to trust God to provide for them, and evidently, God did, because they … Continue reading God’s Schedule, God’s Supply: A Message For Ministry

Guest Post: Will Berry – Spiritual Abstraction

I certainly don’t agree with everything discussed on TED Talks, but I find some of their content to be quite insightful. I recently watched one of their videos titled “When Money Isn’t Real: The $10,000 Experiment.” It featured a money expert, Adam Carroll, talking about an experiment he enacted on his children. He theorized that … Continue reading Guest Post: Will Berry – Spiritual Abstraction

Book Review: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey

     One of my New Year’s Plans for 2019 was to read a book each month.  I kicked things off with Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in January.  I had heard a lot about this book, but had never personally read it.  Last summer, I came across a copy of it at … Continue reading Book Review: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey

Guest Post: Ted Inman – The Sandbox

I remember trying to dig to China in the sandbox with a plastic spade and bucket, and I imagine that you probably did the same. In a kid’s brain, it made sense that if you dug a hole deep enough you would eventually end up behind the Bamboo Curtain. It goes without saying that I … Continue reading Guest Post: Ted Inman – The Sandbox