Tag Archives: pain

Diversity in Friendship

For as long as I can remember, I have had a diverse group of friends. And although I’ve seen it difficult to be ‘best’ friends with those who have major worldview differences than mine… Having kind and caring relationships with people who see the world through different eyes than I do had worked well. But […]

My favorite teaching video…

This may be the favorite teaching video that I have ever made.  It is probably 8 years old.  And it was shot at Western Baptist Hospital. I’d like to thank my friend Jason Dutton for doing such a great job on the camera and computer work to finish this product. Let me know what you […]

All the good stuff hurts.

Being a parent, spouse, friend, leader and mentor have several things in common. They are rewarding, can be fun, provide a future for those we love and many other things. I LOVE each of those roles. But they also can and will hurt. Well, they will hurt if you do them well. You see each […]

Why leading Christians is Painful

I just began reading a new book entitled “The Painful Side of Leadership.” I’m only just beginning, but I am thoroughly enjoying this highly recommended piece of writing. It is proving to be so helpful. The book is written by Jeff Iorg, the President of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco, California. He […]

I underestimated the pain…

I totally underestimated the pain that would come with leading the church. When the 2 disciples known as the ‘Sons if Zebede’ asked Jesus for leadership, authority and responsibility in His kingdom… Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They […]

Being a Disappointment

Without a doubt, one of the hardest parts of leading the church is experiencing the pain of knowing that your choices have disappointed, frustrated, angered or hurt someone at a very deep, spiritual level. This happens in various ways. 1. I have seen people hurt through decisions that were right. 2. I have seen people […]

What Does God Look Like?

Esau had much reason to hate his brother Jacob. Their aged and dim-sighted father Isaac was prepared to give his first-born son Esau the blessing for the future that was rightfully his. But Jacob disguised himself as Esau and stole his blessing from the lips of Isaac.  “From the dew of heaven       and the richness of the earth,    may God always […]