Monthly Archives: December 2018

Christmas Complaints

“Peace on earth.”

I love that message from the angels to those shepherds on the first Christmas night. It points to the ultimate reconciliation man can have with God and others. It points to the Reconciler who is the only hope for peace in this sin-torn world.

But, peace isn’t fully realized in our world yet. And, we see it every Christmas. Christmas is a wonderful time of year. But it can also be a time of stress and pain and frustration.

I’ve noticed what I suspect many others have noticed. There are a lot of complaints at Christmas. Pastors notice people complaining about small things at Christmas time more than usual. Families see the fussing and fighting at higher levels. Couples often battle more frequently.

Here are three reasons people may complain more Continue reading

12 Things Every Ministry Leader Needs to Do

Ministry leaders need some task orientation. We have things to do and jobs to accomplish. While our activity comes out of who we are (see my previous blog on “12 Things Every Ministry Leader Needs to Be”), ministry certainly involves action.

But action without direction leads to frustration. So what are we to be doing as ministry leaders? Here are my thoughts on 12 things every ministry leader- regardless of the specifics of the ministry- needs to do. Continue reading