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How long will this take?
I finished my brain book. I think it was helpful but the last section with the practical tips seemed a bit too simplistic. Maybe “simplistic” is the wrong word. I don’t know what the right word is. Perhaps the practical … Continue reading
Posted in anxiety, burnout, counseling, depression, discouragement, hope, hopeless, leadership, mental health, ministry, pastor Tagged anxiety, church, counseling, depression, exercise, Korb, leadership, minister, ministry, pastor, pastor mental health, peace, pressure, renew mind, The Upward Spiral 1 Comment
Shaking off the dropped balls.
I really could use some beta-endorphin and beta-lipotrophin from pedaling my bike today. The last I knew today’s forecast was for warmth and sun. Now it’s calling for rain and 48°. The endorphin thing is brain talk I’m learning from … Continue reading
Posted in anxiety, burnout, Christianity, counseling, depression, discouragement, exercise, hope, hopeless, mental health, ministry, pastor, peace Tagged balance, Christians, church, counseling, endorphin, meditation, mental health, ministry, pastor, stress, The Upward Spiral, therapy 2 Comments
I feel like a shepherd in a hole
By Scott Linscott I feel like a shepherd who has fallen into a deep hole. Every now and then, I hear one of my sheep pass by, up there somewhere, or I catch a glimpse of a shadow, but I … Continue reading
Posted in Liver disease Tagged church, conspiracies, COVID, EVANGELICAL church, fake news, isolation, misinformation, pandemic, pastor, Qanon, shepherd 3 Comments
Do you pray? How do you pray? When? Why?
When I was at my lowest, my prayers seemed intimate and somehow powerful. They seemed like a two-way interaction, I often sensed God’s presence and comfort like a sudden, warm, summer downpour – the type that makes you throw out … Continue reading
Posted in burnout, Christianity, hope, peace, recovery Tagged Christian, church, connection with God, direction, faith, focus, healing, intimacy, leadership, Mark 1:35, ministry, prayer, prayer life, recovery 1 Comment
It’s official. As of 11:45 AM today, I’m a fulltime pastor again.
Today, the membership of a church right here in the middle of little Westbrook, Maine voted to call me as its new shepherd. The vote came directly after I delivered my 20th message there. That’s odd. The usual process for … Continue reading
Posted in change, Christianity, church planting, coaching, Liver disease Tagged calling, church, first baptist church, providence, Westbrook 1 Comment
I love to tell the story. Wanna help?
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of people in Raymond, Maine. It was extra sweet because Josh was able to be with me to speak from his perspective as a living organ donor … Continue reading
Posted in Liver disease Tagged booking, camp, campus evens, Chamber of Commerce, chronic illness, church, college, conference, fill in, guest lecture, guest speaker, health, humor, inspirational, interim, lose weight, Maine, marriage, motivational speaker, new hampshire, organ donation, organization, parenting, preacher, pulpit suppky, Rotary, schedule, seminars, speaker, special speaker, story, substitute, transplant, weightloss, workshop, youth events, youth speaker Leave a comment
I’m actually GLAD it happened
I’m sitting here on the couch in my home office/guest bedroom with my dog curled up in a ball sucking the heat out of my leg going through my sermon for this morning. “Sermon.” I don’t care for that word. … Continue reading
Posted in Liver disease Tagged camps, chronic illness, Chronic pain, church, cirrhosis, conferences, depression, direction, Donate Life, events, faith, fear, healing, hope, Liver disease, Motivation, motivational speaker, NASH, organ donation, pulpit supply, speaker, teen, transplant, youth 1 Comment
Hey pastor, you aren’t all that.
Newsflash. Pastor discovers he’s just another screw up like everyone else. I’d like to see that in the news because, hey pastor, you aren’t a big deal. You’re not Jesus. Take all the Greek and Hebrew classes you want. Quote … Continue reading
Posted in Christianity Tagged church, humble, humility, pastor, planting, pride, self-promotion 3 Comments