When You Doubt the Power of Prayer

“God Doesn’t Answer Prayer.” That’s what my friend Pastor Jeff McCrory heard himself say to his small group Bible Study. “My hurt was talking,” he recalls. We know that the Bible says things like, “Call to me and I will answer…” (Jeremiah 33:3) But sometimes it feels like God is not responding to our prayers. “Why…

Addicted to Public Productivity (A Case For Sabbatical)

Last week on this blog I shared on “Megachurch Pastor Pete Wilson Burns Out.” What’s your response to this story? Sadly, some people are critical of Pete. The leader of one of America’s fastest growing churches admitted to the world he was “leading on empty.” The pastor who welcomed imperfect people to receive God’s grace…

How to Trust God When You Don’t Know What to Do

What do you do when you’re at a crossroads and don’t know which way to go? I find myself there. It’s been quite emotional. Excitement and fear mingle. Pressure mounts and tears flow. The ministry of Soul Shepherding continues to grow and Bill and I find that our plates are overflowing, even with more helpers.…