What God’s calling means for parents

What God’s calling means for parents

God sometimes calls people at an early age. God can call children now, just as he called Samuel at a young age (1 Samuel 3). What is the role of parents or other significant adults in a child’s life? First, to teach their children about God, by both word and example,...

Let it go: a Christmas sermon

  A pastor friend of mine, Roshaun Gendrett, is planning to preach a Christmas sermon and the Lord gave him an interesting take on Christmas this year. His theme is “let it go.” In the sermon, he will talk about all the things we need to let go of. Starting with...

Giving birth and giving away the bride

Many years ago I was asked to lead a retreat with leaders of a parent church and leaders of a soon-to-be-formed daughter church. They wanted to address “the emotional dimensions of church planting,” specifically between a mother church and a daughter church. I thought...

Every year, a new challenge

Whenever I have overseen people, I have tried to manage them in such a way that not only benefits the organization but also develops the person. When I was a senior pastor, I would think of a new challenge every year for each person I oversaw. I’d think, “What do they...