As you think they are…

Be careful thinking too much of the way you think on an issue

The issues are never as black and white as you think they are. The remedies are never as simple as you think they are. Those who disagree with you are never as evil as you think they are. Remember that, next time everyone runs of their respective high horses…

Throwdown at the Olive Garden

Who knew a breadstick could be a deadly weapon

So I’m sitting at the local pastors luncheon for the first time. I’ve always considered these meetings sort of like the TV show “The View”… Everybody’s griping, and most of the pastors look surprisingly like Joy Behar. Suddenly I realize I’ve made a crucial error. I’m trapped here now. The waitress has already brought the […]

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

Tonight I rest in His arms, as His most beloved yet unlikely child.

It’s been a good day…a Sunday. I got to preach on Jesus this morning. I love doing that because every time I preach on Him I feel we become more intimately acquainted. The closer I get to Him, the more I want to be like Him and shed all these devices I use (we all […]

NEW PODCAST: MEET THE BAD PASTOR

How I transitioned from average pastor to conflicted super hero

This podcast is very personal to me. It details the process God took me through in walking away from my church job and starting a new church from scratch. In that process, some people thought I was crazy. Some gossiped that I’d done something wrong. But I learned to ignore what they thought of me, […]

And then, the clouds parted…

I had just shut my church down, putting an end to five years of planting, struggling and depleting our retirement. I prayed as my church members, many of whom I’d won to Christ, scattered to the four winds. I prayed they’d find welcoming congregations and stay faithful in their Christian walk now without me to […]

Burning Down the House

I was surfing around on another website last night. It was the page for a podcast that features lots of ex-pastors who are no longer in the ministry. Evidently, they’re pretty proud of having walked away from the church. And their programs have attracted lots of former church members who no longer feel they need […]

Living Upside Down

Turns out losing everything isn't as bad as it's cracked up to be

It was right after the economy collapsed of 2008. People is Florida were hurting, and entire families were losing their houses left and right… …including my family. We had done what thousands of families in Florida had done – invested everything in our home. The way it had been explained to me, owning your own […]

The God Who Sings

My best evidence for God is music. And babies.

One of my favorite atheists is comedian/playwright Steve Martin. He’s undeniably smart and of course sharply funny. A few years back wrote a self-deprecating song about atheism’s rather blatant lack of poetry and meaning… ATHEISTS DON’T HAVE NO SONGS Christians have their hymns and pages. Hava Nagila’s for the Jews. Baptists have the rock of ages. Atheists […]

New Bad Pastor Podcast Episode

"When God's Running Late"

So I was a jail chaplain and a teenage inmate was being raped by his cellmate, while his own mother wouldn’t even come visit him for Christmas. How do you convince someone not to give up on themselves when everyone else has? My bad sermon for today, WHEN GOD’S RUNNING LATE, on the Bad Pastor […]