Writing Goals for 2018

Writing Goals for 2018

I enjoy writing. I did not enjoy it as much while in seminary probably because I was told what to write.  Now that I am in the ministry I find that there are things I would like to dive into more, and they are usually topics that are related to my current charge, the congregation, and the life of the church I pastor. None of these articles will be “scholarly.” I doubt you will see them promoted across the internet or published in a journal. They will be, Lord willing, useful to some and helpful to me as I think through some of these matters. Therefore, I have put together some of my topics that I would like to devote to print over the next few months. They are as follows:


  • Pastoring a Small Church — In my opinion, small church pastors are waging war against the kingdom of Satan in a unique way. These pastors are often overworked, understaffed, underbudgeted and, sometimes attacked on various levels. Usually, they have a small (and, Lord willing, faithful) session.  The struggles are often tremendous and invisible. I hope to explore some of these matters in this article. 
  • The Need for Experimental Preaching — in my brief experience I am convinced that most in the church do not genuinely understand why Paul tells Timothy to “preach the Word.” What is preaching? Why do we do it? What is the end goal of preaching? These questions, as well as others, are things I would like to answer in this article. 


  • Church Discipline — in my experience, congregations do not understand the process of church discipline or the need for it in the life of the church. It seems to be a subject that is grossly misunderstood. Why do we do it? What is the biblical basis for it? What is the goal? These and other questions are items that I would like to answer in this article. 
  • Lessons Learned in Ministry — This will be more of a personal article derived from my own experience. The failures (there are many) and successes along with the lessons learned in each will be developed in this article. 


  • Church Membership — This topic is misunderstood by many.  This article will establish the biblical basis for church membership and answer questions related to its necessity, value and ultimate good for the life of the church. 
  • The Issue of the Second Commandment — Many in the church today fail to understand the second commandment, in my opinion.  Many who seek ordination are granted exceptions to the Westminster Standards on this very point. In this article, I would like to examine the theological and practical outworkings of this commandment and demonstrate its value in the life of the church. 
Future Articles

Future Articles

Due to the announcement made the other day, my plans to write some formal articles on my blog have taken a backseat. However, I am planning on writing very soon.  These are a few of the topics I will be addressing.

  • When Should a Church Close? A Pastoral and Personal Perspective
  • Pastoring a Small Church: One Minister’s Observations
  • Lessons Learned After One-Year in the Ministry.
  • Experimental Preaching: What it is and Why it is Necessary
  • When Sheep Bite: Loving and Leading the Difficult Member(s).

I do not know when I will be able to submit a final edition on any of these topics.  It will likely come after I move to my new call in Newport, TN. 

Planned Articles

Here is a list of some of the titles I am planning on writing on The Parchment.  The dates are listed here for information.  It is my intention to write each article in order, Lord willing.

Updated: June 19, 2017

June 23, 2017 — Pastoring a Small Church 
June 30, 2017 — Why Don’t You Call Me “Pastor?”
July 7, 2017 — The Difference Between Preaching and Lecturing: The Necessity of Application in a Sermon
July 14, 2017 — The Lazy Generation
July 21, 2017 — Serving Others: The Joy of Hospitality
July 28, 2017 — The Sad Side Effect of “Superstar” Preachers
August 4, 2017 — Lessons and Observations After One Year of Ministry.  

Articles, the Internet, and Compiling Data

Articles, the Internet, and Compiling Data

I recently posted this on Facebook and thought it would be a good idea to post it here as well. 

Tech Tip: The internet has made access to many useful resources an excellent possibility. The difficulty is saving them and organizing them in a way that is useful. Here is what I do: When I find a good article I save it to Pocket using the Chrome extension. I then tag that article or resource accordingly so I can find it later.

The four tools I use are Inoreader (for following blogs) Twitter, Facebook (for resource mining ) and Pocket (for storing and cataloging).

Inoreader is a great RSS reader. I organize my reader by day of the week. For instance, I have a Monday folder with numerous blogs stored in it. On Monday I scan the list, and if something catches my eye, I send it over to Pocket. I repeat the procedure for the other days. I do it this way, so I do not get bogged down with an overabundance of resources.

All of these tools are available as a desktop or mobile app. 

I hope this helps someone maintain a good catalog of all the excellent resources on the web. Feel free to share your process.