5 Missionary Do-Overs

Listening to experienced pastors and ministers give advice to young ministers is always an eye-opener. Too bad I seem to hear advice that was sorely needed long  after I too learned things the hard way! So here are some thoughts on my missionary career adventures and a few things I wish I could do-over. Missionary Do-Overs: […]

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5 Tips to Kick Start your Ministry Career Transition

About 25 years ago, a popular topic in ministry circles centered on Kings (marketplace leaders) and Priests (vocational ministers). One of the hottest discussions I recall was that Kings did not know how to talk to Priests and vice versa. They each spoke a language of their own and didn’t understand what was being spoken […]

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Missionary Knowledge: What has our Missionary Culture Done to us?

Have missionaries allowed our theological education, training, and preparation to get in the way of the results we seek? Does our North American traditional worldview add so much baggage to our thinking that all our strategies are less effective? In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp’s second common factor that causes pastors to struggle […]

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Missionary Identity: What has our Missionary Culture Done to us?

How have our identities been shaped by the missionary culture? Is there balance between who we think we are and who God made us to be?  In his book, Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, Paul David Tripp gives three common factors that cause pastors to struggle in their lives, ministries and […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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