On Plagiarism and Preaching

Scot Mcknight hosts one of the finest curated blogs today over at Jesus Creed. Recently he posted an article about the problem of plagiarism in the pulpit. I thought it might be helpful for folks, particularly folks in my church to understand how we approach this at...

Spiritual Appetite Suppressants

Sabbatical was a rare gift of some lessons I am still very much processing, so this post is somewhat of a work in progress. Most of my sabbatical was spent in summer time, half of it overseas in cultures that move much slower than ours, even western cultures. The...

How Our Church Planned For Sabbatical

If you are a church leader and want to consider offering a staff member a sabbatical, this post is for you. Here’s what I think: Do it. Need more? Here is what we did and what we learned: Fair Warning: Longer than usual post, lots of detail that is hopefully...

Sure Is Quiet Around Here…

I changed my phone number before going on sabbatical and Sharon, who is God’s gift to any church staff agreed to manage my email which is a kindness I can never repay. These two simple choices became a game changer in the amount of noise I experienced on...

Preaching Simmer

I knew that sabbatical would generate some deeply needed, overdue lessons for me and the first lesson struck me earlier than expected. I was in Nairobi, Kenya just a few days into sabbatical and was hit with it while preaching at an outdoor crusade. Usually when I...