Summer Reading

I’m always reading something. I just finished The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt: A Lifetime of Exploration, and Triumph of American Natural History by Darrin Lunde. A fantastic read. I am currently reading American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon. (Though while doing some research for this short introduction I’ve been made aware of a controversy surrounding Solomon’s work that I need to investigate further.)

My latest post with LifeWay Pastors speaks to three reasons to add a biography to your reading list this summer. I say there are three, but really include four in the post.

Three Reasons to Read a Biography This Summer



A ​Mother’s Influence

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. A day that sometimes I celebrate correctly. Other times I limp along. No matter how well I celebrate Mother’s day I am always thankful for the influence of my wife and my mother.

This past Sunday he Southeast Missourian published an editorial on a mother’s influence from Romans 16:13; “”Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother — and mine” (CSB).”

A Mother’s Influence



Bloom Where You’re Planted

Everyone has thought about what life would be like in a different place. How if they were just in a different place, in a different job, then their work would be fulfilling, their children will get along, and their water heater will never quit. We also know, deep down, that how we are here is how we will be there. You can though make the most of where you are.

My latest post with LifeWay Pastors speaks to making the most of where you are. Ways to bloom where you’re planted.


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Source: NewYorker, January 14, 2018, Instagram


Bloom Where You’re Planted


The following is one of many possible quotes from D.A. Carson’s work Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation. 

“If we do not aim for the new heaven and the new earth, many of our values and decisions in this world will be myopic, unworthy, tarnished, fundamentally wrong-headed. To put the matter bluntly: Can biblical spirituality long survive where Christians are not oriented toward the world to come?”

D.A. Carson, Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation, 2nd Ed., (Grand Rapids; Baker Academic, 2014), 31.

Low-Tech Solutions for High Impact Pastors

Getting organized is, well, difficult. Juggling all you have to juggle can feel overwhelming. If only it were easier.

While it may not be easier there are a few low-tech ways to help gather your personal organization that can make a high impact in your life.

I have not figured it all out but my latest post at LifeWay Pastors is part one of two entitled Low-Tech Solutions for High Impact Pastors. The principles in this article are not just applicable to Pastors but transferable to all. I enjoy sharing them. I hope they are helpful to you.