WOULD YOU RATHER YOUR PASTOR PRAY FOR YOUR SNEEZE OR COUNSEL YOU THROUGH SUFFERING?

I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a friend one time about an experience he had with a pastor. The man’s marriage was on the rocks and he decided that he would seek pastoral care from his shepherd. As he laid out his problems before the pastor, the pastor stood up and said, “Well, I’m […]

WHY YOUR VIBRANT CHURCH MIGHT BE A DYING CHURCH

I remember watching a documentary some years ago on the life of Paul Wight, a seven foot, four hundred and forty one pound wrestler for the WWE. You might know him better by his stage name, “The Big Show.” The documentary detailed how, during his sophomore year in college, Wight was diagnosed with acromegaly, a condition that causes […]

WHAT IS THE ACHILLES HEEL OF YOUR WALK WITH GOD?

There is a legend in Greek mythology that details the story of a baby on whom a young death was prophesied. This baby’s name was Achilles. To thwart this prophecy, Achilles’ mother, Thetis, took him to the River Styx, a river that supposedly offered powers of invulnerability. Thetis placed her faith in this river’s fabled power, and […]

HOW I DO PREMARITAL COUNSELING

My most successful premarital counseling experience is what some might consider a failure. This is because, the day before the wedding, the couple I counseled decided not to marry. It was a very emotional decision for both individuals, one that did not come lightly. I consider it a success though, because the break up happened prior […]

THE UNBIBLICAL CALLING OF THE PASTOR

How would you respond if asked, “What does Dr. Pepper taste like?” It’s hard to answer, because Dr. Pepper’s taste is the result of a blend, a marvelous blend mind you, of 23 flavors. And while the blend of flavors for this “DP” is outright amazing, there is another “DP” whose blend of flavors is downright stressing. […]

A SOUTHERN BAPTIST PASTOR INTERVIEWS A HOMOSEXUAL

It was in sixth grade that I met Matt. He had moved to my hometown of Mabank, Texas from Colorado Springs. We met in band and became friends. We weren’t the best of friends, but we were more than acquaintances. Although we now live on opposite sides of the nation, through the magic of social […]

THREE WAYS I’VE LEARNED TO RESPOND TO ANTAGONISTS

There is an episode on the comedy sitcom The King of Queens, in which Carrie Heffernan is shunned from every nail salon in the neighborhood because of her poor attitude towards her manicurist. As it turns out, the nail salons are in cahoots with one another, and whenever she angrily leaves one they fax her picture to […]

DRAWING NEAR AS THE DAY DRAWS NEAR

The following is an excerpt from the final chapter of my book, The Church Member, which is available on Amazon for $15 in paperback, or $10 in Kindle. You can also be included in future drawings for a free copy by following my blog: There are essentially two responses I often hear from individuals who […]

RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF THE CHURCH MEMBER

From now until the end of March, anyone who follows jaredwellman.com will be entered to win a free copy of my book, The Church Member. This means that if you already follow the blog that you are already entered for a chance to win. If you are not currently following, then all you need to do is […]

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