I know you have heard the phrase "Buyer, beware!" To those in ministry or are considering a "career" in ministry, I have a few things I have learned that I would like to pass on. I am not an expert on these issues, but I think these things can be helpful. First, let me say … Continue reading Preacher, Beware!
It used to bother me that I had several places on my ministerial resume. That fact has also bothered a lot of pastors and Search committees because they think I just hop around. Some of you may be in the same boat. You have moved around more than you planned. The truth is that God … Continue reading Short-term assignments
Since I resigned my vocational church job in September, things have been interesting. I have preached twice, led worship a few times, and played the piano where needed. On most Sundays, I'm worshiping at a different church. As much as I would like to land in a particular church, God has not made it clear. … Continue reading One Day at a Time
This Sunday, there will be a lot of churches around the world that will have put together well-orchestrated performances to attract a larger-than-normal crowd on Easter in hopes that these guests will return the following Sunday when everything will probably be back to normal. Preachers will kick up their "preachiness", the music will hopefully be … Continue reading The Star of the Show
I'm sure many of you are already thinking the statement that is often said about assuming. Like it or not, it is true. We have done this more times than we want to admit. I was reminded of an incorrect assumption on my part today. Today was one of those days when God reminded me … Continue reading Assumptions
Confession time again! The one thing that has probably gotten me in more trouble in my 35 years of living has been my mouth. That may surprise some of you, while others may be nodding your head. I received my first detention in school for something I said. I had to learn to choose words … Continue reading Hush Yo Mouth
The day of the preacher has changed. Some of you are thinking, "Preach it, Matthew!" You're ready for me to attack all the changes that have taken place. Sorry, but I won't. Years ago, the preacher was someone untouchable. He was put on this pedestal as he wore his robe or suit, elevated high above … Continue reading Preacher Perfect?
For those who have known me a long time, you may think that my poor sense of direction has once again taken over. Those who have known how many times I've moved around probably just think I'm confused and will never settle in a particular area. The ones who have been closest to me know … Continue reading Where is Home?
A quick continuing thought of not letting the dream within you die: Don't let fear keep you from it! Let faith motivate you toward it! Launch out into the deep and watch God honor your obedience to Him! http://youtu.be/E17I3au4jt0
I know that there are many of you out there who read this blog that have let God-given dreams die or have pushed them to the back burner. I'm not talking about things you conjured up like having lots of money or material possessions. I'm talking about something that God stirred within you. You may … Continue reading Don’t Let the Dream Within You Die