Category: Leadership

“Pastor.” You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not…

Take the word “Pastor”. Close your eyes. What picture comes into you mind when you think on that word?

If a picture of a man standing in front of, and speaking to a congregation of sitting people came to mind …. then you are like the vast majority in the US, and actually, in the world, for that is precisely what “Pastor” has come to mean.

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What If You Could…and Still Can?

Recently I have pondered the question: What if 54-year-old Jonathan could go back and talk to 34-year-old Jonathan? 24-year-old Jonathan? What would I say?

And the answer: A whole lot.

In fact, just this morning in our house my wife and I held the first high school bible study/breakfast of the school year, and I told the kids for the 13th year in a row, “I want you to know everything I wished I had known before I was thrown to the wolves at the University, but no one taught me.” It is a drive in me. Prepare the next generation of Jesus’ followers to walk closer, live bolder, and love better than I did. So that they – in turn – might do the same for those they lead in Jesus’ ways.

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Let the Cat Out of the Bag!

There is a question and we have all heard it. “Who let the cat out of the bag?” And we all know what it means – sort of. But to this very day, I have never heard anyone ask the deep and penetrating question that this phrase begs us all to ask. Why in the heck was the cat in the bag? And who in the world was so dumb as to put it there? Well, this week I found out the answer to both of these questions – the hard way.

So, we have this cat. She is beautiful, but way more importantly she catches moles and mice, which makes her more beautiful. Our other older cat had gotten tired of catching critters but this young one has re-sparked his passion for catching the troublesome varmints. Problem with the beautiful young cat is that she is a she and three months ago had her first litter of kittens, 5 baby kittens – not acceptable. So, I found the cheapest place to get her spayed, and the day has arrived. Be there at 8 AM.

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