I don’t know about you, but I often feel very close to God when I step into my shower. I joke with my Sunday School class and refer to it as my Holy of Holies where I pull back the curtain and step into God’s presence. This morning was one of those times. Lately there […]Continue reading
Speaking the Truth in Love
A couple weeks ago, Thom Rainer blogged Eight Areas Where Many Ministers are Unprepared for Ministry and I made a note to myself to go deeper into the topic. This past Friday, he did a podcast on the same topic. Apparently, many pastors felt hurt and accused Dr. Rainer of piling on the guilt. His […]Continue reading
Culture? You Mean Missionaries Have Culture?
I am reading a great book, Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Paul David Tripp. One of the big points he makes is that the pastoral culture has become toxic. I see a ton of parallels in our missionary community. Culture: Who ever thought that we missionaries had a culture, […]Continue reading
Small Moves for Big Career Results
One of my earliest essays in junior high school was entitled Radio Astronomers Have Big Ears! I still have a copy of it in my memories box after all the years. As a brand new ham radio operator at age 12, I loved electronics and amateur radio is still my hobby after over 50 years. […]Continue reading
Who Stole My Pedestal? A Case of Missing Identity
For twenty something years my wife and I have served in active missionary ministry. Often we felt embarrassed by the special treatment given to us by church members. In most cases we would be singled out and escorted to front row or special seating areas. Usually for a meal or reception in connection with the […]Continue reading
Wives Speak Up–He’s NOT Hearing You!
I don’t get many requests to coach career transitioning husbands and their wives together. Hmmm! Maybe I should start making that a requirement? An excellent blog post by Pastor Ron Edmondson got me thinking about the way we men tend to become so focused on our job change that we don’t always hear what our […]Continue reading
A Matter of Priorities
Seems like almost every day lately has started off with deep thoughts about what items on the long list of to-do projects to tackle first. Today, I found myself distracted by the thought that I had forgotten something. Somehow that is happening more frequently these days, but this was different. As I struggled to recall […]Continue reading
Budding ain’t Blooming!
On my almost daily walk n talk with the Lord I enjoy seeing things in the great outdoors. One of my favorites is a scraggly (my dad would have said–leggy) flowering bush. This bush looks pretty sick most of the year with lots of bare branches and not too many leaves. It often is filled with promising looking […]Continue reading
Tips for Times of Turnover
Years ago I spent most weekends bass fishing. (yes, even Sundays B.C.) I totally wanted to become a professional bass fisherman and join Bill Dance and Jimmy Houston with a TV show and great outdoors lifestyle. This morning on my daily walk and talk with God as I passed by a retention pond and saw the […]Continue reading
Are You a Double Switcher?
After serving many years in ministry whether overseas or here at home, you may find yourself in the position of being a double switcher! In the midst of your transition you decide God is leading you to change both your role and career field or industry. For some, this only adds to the confusion and challenge of finding […]Continue reading