Viewpoint: ‘And To Think That I Saw It’

Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, penned the lines of his first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” 75 years ago: When I leave home to walk to school,  Dad always says to me, “Marco, Keep your eyelids up And see what you can see.” In 1940, the world, […]

The Neglected Great Commission: Go Revitalize Churches

On a typical day, I receive 50 or more pleas about this issue. The pleas come in the form of emails, Tweets, Facebook posts and blog comments. All of them have a common theme. They are pleading for help and insights in their declining and frustrating churches. I am so grateful for the resurgence of […]

Viewpoint: The Marriage Moment

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege to speak at two wonderful gatherings in Washington, D.C. While I was there, each morning after my time with God and moments of study, I ran through our National Mall. There is nothing like running through this impactful city. Everywhere you go are reminders of our history and […]

Heroes of the Eternal Kingdom

Leadership expert Peter Drucker once offered his opinion on the four toughest jobs in America, in no particular order. The first was not a surprise (president of the United States) and neither were the second or third (hospital administrator and university president). But number four was a surprise to many: pastor of a local church. […]

Hope for the Hurting Pastor

The American church is suffering, and pastors are hurting with them. If the statistics are true, 70-90 percent of churches in North America are either plateaued or declining. Many churches close their doors each year; others struggle to keep the church afloat. The typical congregation is graying, and with that comes a greater demand for […]

Viewpoint: Why Sabbaticals Matter

Pastor, you need rest. You were built to rest. God uses healthy pastors to build healthy churches. That’s why you and your church’s partnership in working through a sabbatical ministry plan may be one of the most important decisions you make about the future health of your church. As a pastor for more than 25 […]

Viewpoint: Forgotten Former Seminarians

“Don’t be a ‘dropout.’” As a young aspiring minister-in-training, I remember hearing this caution frequently — and annoyingly — as I packed my belongings and headed to seminary. “Many seminarians are not even in full-time ministry anymore after 10 years,” I was warned. “Don’t be like them.” For me, the warning functioned almost as a […]

Viewpoint: Takeaways from Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey

Christianity is not dying, as I’ve often said; nominal Christianity is. Pew Research Center released a report May 12 drawing a variety of headlines — everything from “Christianity faces sharp decline as Americans are becoming even less affiliated with religion” to “Pew: Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America.” So what are we supposed […]

Not Since the Days of Noah …

Something is happening that you may not have noticed. If you have noticed it, you may not fully appreciate its significance. It will affect you. It will affect your church. It will affect the whole nation. What’s happening is a senior adult revolution. Some call it the graying of America, but that is too gentle […]