Category Archives: Personal Experience

Return to Sender

I had an all-too-typical experience yesterday. A young woman whom I’d never met stopped by our office and asked to speak to me.  She said she had four kids, and that one of them had cancer.  She and her husband … Continue reading

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I’m Baaaack!

Let me start by answering the questions you’ve been emailing me: No, I didn’t die. No, I didn’t shut down this blog. No, the corporate offices of alittlestrongereveryday.com weren’t destroyed by a fire. No, I didn’t remove you from the … Continue reading

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10 Qualities a Preacher Needs Besides the Ability to Preach

They call us preachers because we preach.  Some would say that preaching is the main thing we do, though I think that’s debatable.  Lots of excellent orators have destroyed their congregations because they didn’t do anything else well.  And lots of mediocre … Continue reading

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The Crucial 5%

Wayne Cordeiro is the pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In his book, Leading on Empty, he makes a proposition that is well worth considering.* Wayne says that 85% of what we do can be done by … Continue reading

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Gaffes and the Gospel

I was amused by Pope Francis’s recent slip of the tongue.  He was speaking to thousands in St. Peter’s square when he said the word “cazzo” instead of “caso.”  Caso means “example” in Italian, while cazzo is the Italian word for…well…in … Continue reading

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7 Church Members Who Get Under Your Preacher’s Skin

Part of ministry work is dealing with irritating people.  I once heard a veteran preacher say to his congregation: “I preach for free.  It’s putting up with you people that I get paid for.”  It was, perhaps, an inelegant comment, … Continue reading

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Hating the Yankees and Each Other

I came across an unusual book the other day.  It’s called This Date in New York Yankee Hating: Going Negative on Baseball’s Most Despised Team.  The book was written by Art McDonald and features a reason for Yankee haters to celebrate … Continue reading

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Girls

 (Alexis and Alyssa) God has a sense of humor.  I grew up with two brothers and no sisters, so naturally God made me the patriarch of a family full of females (wife, daughter, and two granddaughters).  Before I became a father, … Continue reading

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My Tearful Tuesday

It’s not every day a man gets something in the mail that brings him to tears.  Today was one of those days for me. It was a large manila envelope sporting the return address of a prison in Maryland.  I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Watch What You Say

I don’t think most of us fully realize the power of words. I was reading the other day that in 1887 Abraham Lincoln’s coffin was dug up and opened because there was a rumor going around that it was empty. … Continue reading

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