As usual, I’d like to give a summary and an evaluation of a scholarly work, in this case: The Origins of Israelite Law. Since this is an Old Testament work, I will speak as one who has engaged the professional literature, rather than a novice – as is my usual practice. Summary of The Origins of Israelite Law… Read More


Each week faces us with new challenges to handle, yet I continually see 3 Small Group Pastor Distractions crop up. These certainly aren’t the only three. You probably see some other ones. Please add them to the comments below!   The 3 Small Group Pastor Distractions I See #1 – Endless Curriculum Choices. You’ve probably… Read More


meaning of the pentateuch

This book is truly the work of a genius. Without getting bogged down in details, I want to describe the meaning of the Pentateuch in your ministry. Summary of The Meaning of the Pentateuch Sailhamer does not hide his convictions. The back of the book reads, “The Pentateuch is the Foundation for Understanding the Old… Read More


how i use an intern

I want to share with you how I use an intern. You’ve probably wished that you had more help at whatever you do. Even if you don’t handle church media stuff, you can still take some things away from this message. How I Got an Intern Someone asked me today, “how did you get an… Read More


Planning Center People is a Church management software plus other helpful stuff. I’ve really come to appreciate this piece of software after using it for about a year and a half. What is Planning Center People This is an Internet, or cloud-based, system. It is not installed on a server that you host yourself. This… Read More


How does Jim Collins’ Good to Great apply to Christian ministry? Jim Collins book may not be aimed at ministries, but I’d argue that Good to Great 6 takeaways certainly apply to your ministry. One thing you should know about this book if you’re in a hurry. There are helpful chapter summaries at the end of each chapter to… Read More


I want to share 10 podcasts I enjoy with you. First, I think I should tell you why I listen to them, and why you should too. Podcasts are a great way to redeem some of the time that I spend in the car. I’m sure you spend time commuting, or maybe just waiting for services… Read More


Are You Worried You Aren’t Smart Enough? I often get side-tracked from my identity in Christ and start comparing my intelligence to that of others. Bad Idea. Well this book, Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, gives several reasons why IQ (a “smart” measurement) isn’t the best indicator of success. As believers we know that obedience… Read More


Today I want to talk about 3 steps to stay organized, becuase I don’t know about you but occasionally I have a week, or even a month (like this past June), where I’m completely overloaded. For example, in June I was teaching a seminary class AND working full-time AND we had a few special events at… Read More


Today I want to share with you the 6 main problems I’ve faced in working at a growing church. I’ve attended Seminary – I’ve even taught at Seminary. None of that prepared me for the practical challenges I’ve faced at work in ministry. To be fair, my degrees are in Old Testament so if you… Read More