Here It Is 

Here It Is 

It’s been on the way a long time.  Actually, my entire life.  My new book, Equilibrium : 31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces, is being released April 1. That’s a fitting date considering one of the stories in Equilibrium, but that’s...
Do I Trust God?

Do I Trust God?

Talking about trusting God is easy. Writing about trusting God is fun. Singing about trusting God is enjoyable. Reading about trusting God is encouraging. But do I really do what I’m reading and singing and writing and saying? Am I truly trusting God on days like...
A Few Questions to Consider

A Few Questions to Consider

* Describe a time in your life when God forgave you of a poor decision but you still faced consequences. Have you carried the luggage of past hurts and struggled to forgive others?* How has that affected your ministry, your family, and your relationship with God?* How...
A Few Suggestions For February

A Few Suggestions For February

* Smile at a friend. Thank them for the many blessings they bring your way.* Smile at a stranger. A glance from eyes of one displaying God’s love is such a contrast to the common look of anger.* Forgive someone who hurt you. Realize how our Loving God has forgiven...
Conversations with Dr. Mark Rutland

Conversations with Dr. Mark Rutland

I’ve enjoyed various conversations and meetings with Dr. Mark Rutland through the decades. I’ve appreciated how he communicates, and the powerful words he declares. His sermons, his stories, his wisdom, his humor: they all merge into moments worth receiving,...
The Leader’s Notebook

The Leader’s Notebook

Join me for an intriguing interview with Chris Maxwell from Emmanuel College. This is one seriously creative man who has dealt with and overcomes brain damage and epilepsy. One of his secret weapons will really surprise you.  —Dr. Mark Rutland  CLICK HERE FOR THE...
Listening. Much Listening.

Listening. Much Listening.

I’ve been doing a lot of listening. Counseling students before they leave for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Engaged in conversations with pastors who are struggling to adjust to this new season of life and ministry. Hearing stories from others who are battling life with...
A Few Suggestions For February

Things Can Change Quickly

November brings back many memories.  Thanksgiving meals when I was a child. Mama laughing. People talking, all at the same time. Cold days in Georgia. Watching football games with family. Shivering hands, thick coats, big smiles, delicious deserts.  Thanksgiving...
Love

Love

From my book, Pause for Pastors: Finding Still Waters in the Storm of Ministry. Love, the decision to care, must guide our choices no matter how we feel. Love, as Paul eloquently and accurately and practically describes in 1 Corinthians 13, is so much more than a...