On May 24, 2009, First Baptist Church of Fontana, CA voted to call me as their Senior Pastor. This was truly a historic day! On the weekend that the church was celebrating it’s 64th birthday, I became the youngest pastor (35) in the church’s history. I was also the first minority pastor and the first … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #1
OK! It’s time for a little Monday morning pastoral rant to get the week started. I’ve got a great week ahead of me, and I just need to get this off my chest now, rather than carry it through the week. So here it is: Can we just come to an agreement that we are … Continue reading We Are All Tired!
I’ve recently been reading and listening to the work of Dr. Brene’ Brown, the increasingly popular University of Houston professor known for her study of courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Her work is fascinating. She brings a conversation to the forefront that nobody else is engaging in because, quite frankly, it’s uncomfortable. Dr. Brown, however, … Continue reading Created for Creativity
I was asked yesterday what my quiet time is like. So, I’d like to take some time to go through it. However, I believe that quiet time with God will look very different for different people who are at different stages in their relationship with Him. My quiet time has evolved a lot over the … Continue reading A Closer Look at Quiet Time
I read an article a couple of days ago from Thom Rainer of Lifeway Research, titled, “Seven Fascinating Insights into Where Pastors Do Their Sermon Preparation.” The article, like many of Rainer’s articles, resonated with me. I find myself in each of the first 6 insights. (Spoiler: #7 is meant to be a joke. . … Continue reading The Sermon Prep Sweet Spot
I recently got an Audible account and started listening to audio books during my drive time. I did it for two reasons: I wanted to increase the number of books I read in a year. (Now, I know that listening to a book isn’t the same thing as reading it, but I count it just … Continue reading Habit Stacking: My path to consistency and productivity!
Hi, I’m Brian! Welcome to “The Stray Shepherd!” Writing has always been a passion of mine, and over the years, I have dabbled in it for short periods of time. Then, life gets in the way. Well now, at the age of 45, I once again have the desire to write and share my thoughts, … Continue reading Welcome to “The Stray Shepherd”