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5 Books Every 21st Century Pastor Should Read

When I set out to make lists like this, I do so with the full awareness that lists are inherently limited. This, then, is not a list of the the "only" five books a pastor should read, or even of the five "most important" books...

Don’t Lose Your Voice

I know that I am a polarizing figure. Sometimes I wonder why God wired me the way that he did. When you have heart that's passionate, a mind that never stops, and a big mouth to go with it, it is a deadly combination. Such...

Kicking Pricks and Taking Names

Israel was full of places where tradition, or good guessers, claimed that some biblical event happened. Then, there were sites that were archaeological and firmly verified. One of my favorite places was not an archaeological site, but was a road where there is no doubt...

Days Four and Five of Holy Land Adventure

It has been a long couple of days. I think that, so far, yesterday was my favorite day. We left the Sea of Galilee area and headed south into the wilderness. We rode parallel to Jordan to the Dead Sea on the way to the...

Day Three of Holy Land Adventure

Tonight, I honestly don't know where to begin. To write this blog as a play-by-play would be unfair to the events of the day, If yesterday was historical in nature, today was more contemplative in nature. We began the morning with a boat ride across a...