I’m back

I have returned.

After a four-year hiatus, I have decided to start posting my thoughts on this blog again.

I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing for the past 48-plus months. For starters, I’ve been serving as pastor of a church, which has proven to be somewhat time-consuming. (Forgive the sarcasm and visit the “About” page on this site to learn more about my background.)

I’ve even done some writing during the past four years, although none of it was on this site. Last year I had the privilege of leading the compilation of This Is That, a 30-day student devotional that was released in conjunction with North American Youth Congress 2017. I also wrote curriculum for the United Pentecostal Church International’s student and adult discipleship programs.

God-willing, I’m looking forward to continuing that type of work in 2018.

Despite these tremendous opportunities, I still felt I wasn’t fully able to scratch my writing itch. That’s where this blog comes in. This platform gives me an opportunity to tackle topics and formats I haven’t been able to pursue otherwise.

More importantly, I see this site as an outlet for my calling. I love preaching and teaching God’s Word, but my audience is mostly limited to the good folks who attend the church where I serve as pastor. This blog gives me an opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with the wider world. Hopefully you’ll find what I have to say both informative and compelling.

My goal is to publish a new post every Monday morning, mostly on topics related to the Bible, leadership, and spiritual and personal growth. (What else would you expect from a pastor?) Hopefully you’ll visit this site regularly. I’ll give you bonus points if you recommend it to a friend or share something I write on your social media platforms.

Finally, let me leave you with a little testimony that hopefully will encourage you as you pursue your own dreams in 2018.

Early last year, I asked God to open doors for my writing ministry. At one point in my life I worked as a journalist, but, since becoming a pastor, I hadn’t done much writing for publication. I felt like I was “burying my talent,” like the wicked servant in Jesus’ parable. (See Matthew 25:14-30.)

A few weeks later, I received an email inviting me to participate in one of the most extensive writing projects I’ve ever tackled. I was awed by God’s quick response to my simple request.

Maybe you feel like your dreams are on hold and your talents are being buried. If so, ask God to help you dig them back out and put them to use.

You might be surprised at what happens.

Happy New Year!

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