While pastoring a church in Pennsylvania, I was asked one day by a close friend what I wanted to accomplish in ministry. My response was, “I want to survive.” While I said that in humor the tragic reality is that many ministers do not survive for very long in the ministry. Bo Lane has written…… Continue reading Why Pastors Quit the Ministry
It is a great privilege to be able to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in an official capacity. To be called of God to proclaim the gospel in an official capacity carries with it a grave responsibility which is why the Bible warns against becoming a spiritual teacher too quickly. “My brethren, be not…… Continue reading What Should be Preached?
In 1520, Pope Leo X issued a bull of excommunication against Martin Luther. Leo directed the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation to execute it. Charles V, however, was reluctant to take this step. Only 21 years old at the time, Charles had only at great expense and with much diplomacy…… Continue reading An Inappropriate Demand
Many years ago when I was a young pastor, a friend asked me what I wanted to accomplish in the ministry. My response: “I just want to survive.” What was said in humor was only partially humorous, for being in the ministry is no child’s play. More often than not, the local church is the…… Continue reading Advice for Guiding A Struggling Church