PODCAST: Monday Morning Hangover

Mondays are hard for everyone, but especially pastors. Come with Dave as he walks you through the aftermath of delivering a hard sermon to his struggling church. Listen to the audio podcast… Watch the live podcast video… Advertisements

Sunday’s Dumpster Fire

No matter how much I prepare, some Sundays are just “dumpster fires” – total catastrophes.  I remember one in particular that started off bad, and then steam rolled out of control as things progressed. To begin with, I was running late that morning at the church we were struggling to plant in Florida. When I…

Empty

I took a long bike ride today, up to the north side of my city, St Louis. What I was looking for probably never really existed, but I was determined to find it anyway. I rode past Delmar Boulevard, commonly known as the Delmar Divide. It separates the mostly-unprosperous northern half of town from the…

Going For Broke

Being a leader is challenging for me. It’s tough because, before I was a lead pastor, I worked for some pastors who were pretty bad leaders. And I don’t want to be them. Note, they were all pretty good men. They loved the Lord. But some simply stunk at leadership. Some of them led too…

NEW PODCAST: MY TRADING SPACES ADVENTURE

Listen as I sit at my piano and talk about how a pastor (me) ended up writing the iconic theme for a hit TV show called TRADING SPACES, and how God used it to prove His faithfulness when i’d almost given up. And sure, if you research this enough, you can find out my real…

1975 All Over Again

I love old churches. I love the architecture, the old hymnals, and I also love what those churches have meant to people. I’m the new pastor of a really old church with a lot of great history behind it. There’s even a Facebook page devoted to the shared memories of former attenders who’ve moved away….

The Untimely Resurrection Of Aunt Jewel

Her funeral was on a sunny Spring day several years ago. My mom’s sister Jewel had struggled with cancer and finally succumbed. She was in her 80s, so no one could say it came as a surprise. What did come as a surprise was how mobile she became post mortem… At the time, I was…

Thoughts & Prayers

I pretty ticked off as I’m writing this, my wife has noticed. She can tell by how fast and hard I type on my little MacBook. And this essay only took about 15 minutes to complete, so that might just be a record. You see, I’m getting a little tired of people criticizing anyone who…

Legion

When I served as a jail chaplain years ago, I often received requests for specific books from inmates. Mostly they were books on overcoming discouragement or self-improvement books you’d imagine an inmate would need in their position. That’s why a request for scholarly level theological books caught my attention. I was even more surprised when…

NEW PODCAST: Do You Believe in Evil?

We like to say mass murders are an act of insanity, but is it more than that? I counseled a man once who killed his wife and 5 children with his bare hands. So, what was it like sitting across from him in jail? And you’d be interested to hear his explanation of why he…

Throwdown at the Olive Garden

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…