101. Jesus vs. Meanness

Hello, everyone. Welcome to Greatheart’s Table, “a newsletter and podcast,” as one listener put it, “for pastors (or other leaders) challenging the unreachable expectations for modern pastors and encouraging them to be comfortable in their own skin.” I’m not sure I...

100. Ode on a Bad Sermon

I invite, urge, and encourage all of you to subscribe to the print version of Greatheart’s Table. The content is the same as the podcast on the first, second, and fourth Monday. But on the third Monday of each month, when no podcast episode is released, I post on...

99. On the Keeping of Secrets

If you are new, I encourage you to dig deep into the archives and listen to episode one or episode 67. Both are an effort to explain who I am and what I’m trying to do. And though this episode is about keeping secrets, if you like what you hear, I hope you don’t keep...

98. Freedom to Quit

One of the themes we frequently address here around Greatheart’s Table is the reality of pastors leaving ministry. Often unaddressed in this discussion is the question of whether leaving ministry is a good thing, or even valid. Yes, I’ve pastored for nearly forty...

97. Pastor Contra Ecclesiam

With this episode, we near the end of our working through the book Stott on the Christian Life. It can at times be a challenge to follow Jesus as lord. But not because Jesus’ yoke is heavy. The challenge sometimes comes from our friends. We encourage you to also...

96. Zombies and the People of Grace

With this episode, I’d like to introduce you to the music of Mark Nicks and Cool Hand Luke. After nearly 100 episodes with Over the Rhine, whose generosity has been great, it was time for a change. A podcast, like the church, requires the contributions of many gifts...

95. God Rest You Merry, Pastor

Warmest greetings to all of you from Florida, where it really never feels much like the Xmases I remember growing up! Nevertheless, this post is scheduled to go live on Christmas morning, and so from me to you, may your Christmas be blessed with all that is good and...

94. Stop the Slaughter: A Modest Proposal

This episode is a sober one. When I addressed the reality of pastors exiting ministry a few episodes ago (episode 87), I sensed that my thoughts were incomplete. I felt that I needed to point churches in a direction that would help their pastors thrive instead of...

93. The Persons in the Passageway

With this episode we continue our nearly completed walk through the book Stott on the Christian Life, and the topic here is a dicey one: Mercy. Thanks for joining us around Greatheart’s Table. We encourage you to also subscribe to our newsletter where, on third...

92. Gratitude that Lives

In America, Thanksgiving was a few days ago. I hope it was a good day for you. I’m glad for at least one day in the year when my grumbly spirit is forced to be put on the shelf so I can practice some acts of gratitude. It would good if it happened more frequently. To...