Unexpected Pregnancy and the Church

A few years ago I met a single and pregnant woman named Jordan. She was 19. She joined Embrace Grace, a support group for women with unexpected pregnancies at my church, and she shared her story with...

Why Christians Don’t Tithe

I believe in tithing. Soon after joining my first church as an adult, I received a membership packet, which included a statement about giving. It read, "As a member of this church, you agree to support this...

Mind the Gap

Charles Haddon Spurgeon pastored the great New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London, England, from 1854 to 1892. He was only 19 years old when he was called to pastor New Park Chapel, a...

Pastoral Counseling

My husband and I were lead pastors for 32 years. We served mostly in small communities where church people were more like family. Being the “parents” of the family meant we frequently got a frantic call at...

New Tomorrows

As a new year unfolds, the Lord wants us to know what to believe Him for and how to be open to that, because He is set to do it. How can we step forward into His...

A Meditation for Turbulent Times

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging....

Have Yourself A Merry “Family” Christmas

My car door closed with a reluctant click. I stood next to my vehicle, jaw dropped, absorbing the scene. I couldn’t believe my eyes. My wife and I looked at each other wondering if we should go...

Peace on Your Earth

I love the story of Jesus’ birth because it does much more than simply tell a story. It reminds us we can experience peace no matter what we’re going through. In fact, peace on earth is the...

Can You “Narcissist-Proof” a System?

Editor's note: Hear TKU President, Dr. Jon Chasteen, talk about narcissistic leadership with Dr. Chuck DeGroat on the Church InTension podcast. If you’re building an organization/community from the ground up, what are steps to...

How Do We Heal?

How do we heal and move forward as a nation?  That was the question posed to Bishop Kenneth Ulmer during his appearance on Today With Hoda & Jenna yesterday (November 9, 2020) alongside Rabbi Steve...

Should Worship Musicians Study Music?

Too often the study of music is overlooked, or even frowned upon within the contemporary worship culture. There has emerged a stark dichotomy between the musician who knows versus the musician who feels. Dichotomies by their very nature evolve, even...

Dealing With Leadership Anxiety

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? This leadership journey began when I was twenty-four years old and had been married six days. It was my first day as a...