Some Candidates Remind Me of Church Members

This has been a difficult political season for America to say the least. Campaign presentations are louder, angrier and crazier than this country has ever experienced. However, I hear a faint whisper in my head that says “I’ve seen these people before.”

Most pastors have.

Who would these candidates resemble if they joined the church?

Donald would be that new believer who has taken over the men’s group that meets in the church parlor on Tuesday night. He is so new to the faith that he has not found his personal filter. He’s cusses while sharing his testimony (which is somewhat endearing but often embarrassing.) People respect him because he just tells it like it is. But DO NOT CROSS HIM. He still has the ability to get hot under the collar about things he doesn’t understand about the church. He’ll rally the deacons to build a building whether you need it or not and before you know it you’ve got a church architecture consultant in your office.

Hillary has the personality of a rogue Women’s Ministry leader. She has lots of leverage in the church and she’s not afraid to go toe-to-toe with you at budget time. She is a stoic serious leader that is married to the life-of-the-party guy who you’ve been trying to disciple for years. He loves Jesus but subscribes to Showtime.

Bernie owns the church thermostat key and keeps a copy of the bi-laws in his back pocket. He is still upset that business meetings are held quarterly and would like to meet with you every day to discuss parking solutions. You love the guy, but you spend more time with him than anyone else.

Mitt is a member with an MDiv who earlier was vying to be the pastor of the church and critiques your leadership aptitude at church fellowships.

Ted is the charismatic staff member that seems to really punch up the numbers on events he organizes. Some of his numbers rival the numbers at Promise Keeper stadium rallies in the early 90’s. His spiritual gift is hyperbole and when you get in a conversation with him you always feel out-spiritualized.

Marco is the upward basketball coach that is on the property and grounds committee, the budget committee, the personnel committee and the committee on committees but he never attends the meetings. Still, he is AWESOME. He creates energy and has lots of cool axioms but he repeats them too often.

John is the quiet man who has amazing ideas for the church but because he is soft spoken, he never gets heard because, face it, Marco, Donald, and Ted are just so dominant in the Long Range Planning meeting. You are kind of afraid he’ll move his letter to Calvary because of all the chatter at your church.

Ben is an amazing guy that you truly love in your church. Kind, gentle, humble. But most of the verses he has memorized are from the Book of Revelations. But who in their right mind could not love Ben?

Take out the substantive issues and important battles our nation faces and these Americans might just remind you of someone you know too! You might even find yourself in one of these profiles. (There are some Marcoisms in my Modus Operandi.)  Remember that God uses the most unlikely candidates in your church to do supernatural things, I only pray that your church, filled with colorful, dynamic personalities will never have the kinds of debates we’ve seen in this election cycle, especially if the topic is carpet color or auditorium temperatures.


photo credit: Joseph Sohm /

He is fathering me

He is fathering me
even in the days I cannot see
Through every trial I face.
He is there even in my disgrace.
Every lonely, broken place.
I am held together bone by bone
and I do not walk alone.
How my neediness has grown.
In my aging days I have come to see
how completely dependent I must be.

He Came for the Rest of Us


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This is the perfect picture for this year!

Yes we're on the road! (What's this "we" stuff.
Yes we’re on the road! (What’s this “we” stuff?)

I saw the lines on my face and realized that i am no less than halfway home.
the hard, brilliantly woven road continues.
strewn with elation, wonder and tears.
destination sure.
sweet land that bears no night.
arrival time unknown.

Today is for tomorrow

We are recording our first interview/workshop in the new studio. I’m excited for all that is ahead.  Dr. Waylon Bailey (pictured) will be presenting some teaching from Deuteronomy. I should be sleeping but I’m still up…. The first test went well.  Now for the grading and recording of grades.

I tried in vain to help Darlene with a App for her new job but only to find out it only works with a cel number. So a little time in vain.

San Francisco is clobbering the Royals.  Not watching. Don’t care.

Tomorrow will be a huge day of work, recording and church.

Starting another week

Darlene is now on the road back to Tennessee.  I’m about to go to bed. Looking forward to returning to work tomorrow to get ready for annual meeting.  I’ll be going to FBC Ponchatoula, LA Saturday which will make for a long stretch without time off. But overall I feel like I’l going to be fine.  I feel rested. Window open.  A good cool night which should get down to 46.

Minister’s Wives Conference

It’s been a good weekend at the LBC Minister’s wives conference.  Karen Alexander-Doyel did a great job keynoting. Darlene shared a testimony, We did Anniversary to Remember and Messages.  We’ve got to get some rest and then head to Winfield for tomorrow’s worship.  I have tomorrow night off.  So relieved things are going well right now.  We are just about ready to show off the next CP Rant. Winding down the rear… Lots of driving ahead of me.


Wednesday Night Minutia

Business meeting was tonight and I had some amazing crawfish étouffée at the church.  I dropped off some Wendy’s to Mom and Dad.

Today we received some hard news on Jon’s cancer.  It seems to have progressed to his jawbone. Praying for a miracle.

Darlene is coming in tomorrow night and I’m taking Friday of. We’ll spend the next three nights at Tall Timbers. We’ll do the minister’s wives conference Friday night and Saturday. The rest of the time we’ll just relax.


Putting the old site down

This has been my work for about 2 hours tonight.  Getting ready to shut down an old blog.  Lots of memories and thoughts about life so far. When I reflected on how life was back about ten years ago I am reminded about how constantly I was weary as a Dad, Pastor, Editor, commuter, husband, worshiper…. Life is calmer these days even though I have three jobs right now. I whispered my repentance for the days I chose busy-ness over fellowship with Jesus.

1 Peter 2

We live our lives as testimony to the Living God. Everything we do if in full display to God.

Our best testimony is found in our reactions. Do we trust the God who preserved the early church.

verse 24:  who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

For motivation for living the Jesus way, we need only to look at the cross.

When seized by temptation- look to the cross.

When angered by the words of enemies- look to the cross

When bearing the pain of illness and weakness- look to the cross.

Lord, brand me with your great sign of grace.