6 Hot Topics for Church Leaders to Consider

Recently, I was asked by Outreach Magazine to answer some questions about how I lead Brushy Creek Baptist Church. I thought you may enjoy reading this info. 1. MENTORS AND ROLE MODELS. Who has influenced you in your faith journey and ministry, and what did they do that we could all learn from?   Drs. Ronnie Floyd, Jack Graham, Jay Strack, more »

5 Ways to be a Tigger and Not an Eeyore

Pooh Bear. He’s so jolly, right? My two children are young and impressionable. They love this series written by A. A. Milne. This anthropomorphic teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, has a group of buddies: Piglet, Roo, Rabbit, and or course Eeyore and Tigger.   Tigger is the happy and encouraging tiger who jumps around, while Eeyore is the negative little donkey who more »

Four Typical Responses to Church Conflict

Conflict. The very words make my back tighten and teeth clinch. The very subject is something we all wish was not part of life, but churches are comprised of people, and people have conflict.   Over my years of pastoral ministry, I’ve seen all kinds of conflict. Some have been serious, and some have been silly. No matter the level more »

Everyone Stands on Level Ground before God

Look at Amos 9:7. He was saying this to a proud and arrogant group of people who felt like they had God in a box with reference to their own future.  Amos warns them by saying, “‘Are you not like the Cushites to me, O people of Israel?’ declares the Lord.”   The Cushites were the inhabitants of the interior more »

Four Aspects of Trusting God During Church Conflict

At the time of this writing, I have been a pastor for slightly more than ten years. Over these years, I have seen seasons of church peace and growth, as well as seasons of conflict and decline. The topic of growth is more fun to write about, but conflict is also just as real, and it needs to be discussed. more »

The Revelation of God’s Judgment

We see in this eighth chapter of Amos, the medium, message, and motif of God’s revelation.   Amos 8:1–2 says, “This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. 2 And he said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come more »

The Three Most Important Things About Biblical Worship

This is an exciting week around Brushy Creek Baptist Church Taylors, where I have the opportunity to serve as pastor. Our new worship pastor, Tim Bottoms, starts today!   Brushy Creek has gone through a unique transition of leadership. I became pastor of the church in November 2017, following an undershepherd, Dr. Ralph Carter, who faithfully served for 25 years. more »

Pray When Your Perspective Becomes Different

Amos, this layman from Tekoa who lived in isolation, was a seer.  The very Hebrew word for “prophet” means “seer.”  This rural, rustic, bucolic, sheep-keeping, sycamore-fruit-pitching layman from Tekoa, as unlikely of a person as you could find, had a vision.  He saw what others could not see.   If we pray intensely, it is because we feel deeply, and more »