It has been stated throughout the unfolding of the circumstance for South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford that he often would retreat after legislative sessions because they would wear him out. Retreating and refreshing is good, but at some point, Mark made some dangerous decisions about...

There's an interesting conversation posted over here between Erwin McManus and Dave Gibbons. In it, they share the following on pastoral burnout: ________________________________ How to avoid burnout? Erwin: Not the bible that helps someone live a moral life (it’s when people are truly connected to Jesus) There are lots...

One of the practices I learned about through my burnout experience several years ago is the importance of getting away regularly for the purpose of clearing my head and heart, being with God, and hearing His voice. It's not as intense as it may sound...

Is it just me, or do you find that your counseling requests increase right after the holidays with INTENSE situations? Over the first three weeks of the New Year, I've had a handful of REALLy intense life situations for people and couples in the church. Looking...

Thursday is Christmas Day, and I am as excited about it as anyone gets. I remind our church all through the year how many days are left till Christmas. One thing I've learned over the years though. When we do our Christmas Eve Celebrations on the...

I was initially going to title this post "Lakeland Revival Learnings", based on the recent revival/renewal/spiritual stirring that took place earlier this year in Lakeland, Florida. The meetings took place under the leadership of evangelist Todd Bentley. They ended when Bentley (who was the primary...

It's good to be writing again. This is my first post since our city experienced the tragic Metrolink Train Crash back on Friday, September 12. While the crash itself happened right outside our city limits, of the 25 people killed in the wreck, 10 were...

Think what you will, but everyBODY needs a nap, at least once in a while, if not almost every day. In reality, this post should probably stand on its own in the "Your Personal Pace" series. The topic is sleep, and you may think it...