Overcoming Cynicism

Comedian George Carlin said, “Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist.” He is probably right. Cynicism often comes from being let down by others or by circumstances of life.  Jonathan Brush, being interviewed by Andy Andrews, said, “Optimism gives way to cynicism and cynicism gives way to bitterness.” I don’t know anyoneContinue reading “Overcoming Cynicism”

Do It Now

I worked in sales when I was in my 20s, and the vice resident of our company bought me a little book to help me in professional development. The title of the book says it all, “Do It Now.”  The book addressed a topic that impacts every leader: procrastination. Leaders procrastinate for a variety ofContinue reading “Do It Now”

7 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Church

Finding a new church home can be a major challenge faced by many Christians. Each local church is a family. Leaving one, whatever the reason, is difficult — as it should be.   Although saying goodbye to a church family is tough, what’s even more difficult may be finding that new church.   How doesContinue reading “7 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Church”

Why Memorize Proverbs?

For years now, I have been memorizing Bible verses. It only requires a little time and yields great rewards. Don Whitney says, “Memorizing Scripture strengthens your faith because it repeatedly reinforces the truth, often just when you need to hear it again.”   More recently, however, I have begun memorizing verses from Proverbs. I have foundContinue reading “Why Memorize Proverbs?”

Finding Hope in Depression

Years ago, I found myself in a tunnel of depression. I call it a tunnel because I came into it suddenly, but walked through it for a long time—several months in fact—before seeing signs of light on the other end.   There were several factors that likely contributed to me being in a depressed stateContinue reading “Finding Hope in Depression”

Is God Calling You?

Dr. Tim Searcy, former KBC president and Kentucky Baptist pastor, often tells the story of his call into the Christian ministry. He was 12 years old, attending the church where his father was the pastor.   The church had scheduled a revival and one of the older deacons did some research on the last timeContinue reading “Is God Calling You?”

Praying for Pastors

For a long while now, I have been praying for pastors — but maybe not in the way you might think.   I pray for many pastors by name because some are facing ministry challenges. I pray for others seeking guidance on their current place of service. I pray for some who see great open doorsContinue reading “Praying for Pastors”

New President Chosen for Clear Creek

On October 11, 2022, I participated in the trustee board meeting that elected Clear Creek Baptist Bible College’s next president. It was an exciting time for the school and Kentucky Baptists as Dr. Charlie Goodman was announced and voted in unanimously for this important role in the life of this historic Kentucky Baptist Bible college.Continue reading “New President Chosen for Clear Creek”

Becoming a Wise Person

Motivational speaker Charlie “Tremendous” Jones is known for saying, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Numerous preachers have said something on the order, “Show me your closest friends and I will show you who you are becoming.”Continue reading “Becoming a Wise Person”

Ministry lessons from the life of Brother Shorty

While I was standing line at Culver’s on Father’s Day, I received a text from one of our Kentucky Baptist pastors that his grandfather had suddenly passed away. His grandfather was John “Shorty” Hendrix, who was a deacon in a church where I served for 11 years.   Shorty Hendrix was unlike any other manContinue reading “Ministry lessons from the life of Brother Shorty”