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My Pastor Didn’t Do It – Get Your Copy Today!

Earl Middleton | September 29th, 2013 - 12:07 pm
My Pastor Didn’t Do It – Get Your Copy Today!

The pastor didn’t kill his seductive parishioner and is forced to embark on a hilarious journey to find out who did. ($2.99 e-book; $13.99 paperback. Available Now!) This first of its kind American novel featuring a black clergyman as the amateur sleuth is set in a fictional bedroom community of Newark, NJ. There’s a lot going on in Belton, including … Continue reading

The Blueprint for Busting Out of Pig Pens

Earl Middleton | May 18th, 2016 - 10:57 pm

Busting out of a pig pen is not as easy as it sounds. By the time we arrive there we’re so resource depleted that it would seem like the only way out is to be rescued by some good samaritan. Which makes the story Jesus tells of the lost son even more remarkable. Continue reading

How to Help Your Prodigal Child

Earl Middleton | May 11th, 2016 - 5:11 pm

Holding your child accountable is part of a legitimate spiritual skillset called parenting that does pay off in the long run. Cf. the prodigal son’s father, who held his son accountable by allowing him to make a bad decision he demanded to make which could only result in failure, watching him fail, and then staying out of his way while … Continue reading

How to Make Hard Things Easy Peasy

Earl Middleton | April 29th, 2016 - 3:26 pm

When we say something is hard what we really mean is that it’s going to cost us some pain and the outcome is not guaranteed, so we’re ambivalent about making that pain investment. So, can we eliminate the word HARD from our vocabulary and experience? Continue reading

3 Reasons to Stop Grieving!

Earl Middleton | February 16th, 2016 - 11:47 pm

If you’re ever going to enjoy the following three necessities of a satisfying life then you must decide to take control of the grief process and determine its endpoint. You’re going to have to decide when to put and end to your grief. Continue reading

The 5 S’s of Team Success

Earl Middleton | February 2nd, 2016 - 11:32 pm

Families, companies, churches, community organizations, and government entities are all teams. They all function with the same 5 fundamental principles, and succeed or fail for the same reasons. Continue reading

Four Ways to Boost Creativity…Naturally

Earl Middleton | January 16th, 2016 - 11:38 pm

Painted yourself into a corner and desperate to find the way out? You don’t have an information problem. Your solution lies in a jolt of creativity. Continue reading

How to Fast Track Victory Over Any Trial

Earl Middleton | January 10th, 2016 - 3:11 pm

Trials are a certainty in every life, no matter how rich or connected or evolved one might be. But although we can’t eliminate trials from our lives we certainly can shorten them. Here’s how. Continue reading

Is Your Behavior Telling Your Spouse to Cheat?

Earl Middleton | January 7th, 2016 - 3:18 pm

What could possibly drive a woman to tell her husband, through words or actions, to cheat on her? Continue reading

Why Preaching to Your Rebellious Kid Won’t Work

Earl Middleton | January 5th, 2016 - 3:06 pm

When raising rebellious children we need to stop depending on the logic of the word to produce change in their lives. Just telling them what to do and telling them why they need to do it won’t get them to do it. They need a sign. Continue reading

Divine Failure

Earl Middleton | April 7th, 2015 - 10:01 am

Jesus came to his own, and his own received him not (he was sent to be rejected, God knowing he would be rejected because His people, Israel, were still blind and not ready). So to as many as received him, to them he gave the authority to become sons of God. [Jn 1:12] Jesus often referenced this by saying, “I’m … Continue reading

God’s Green Room

Earl Middleton | March 20th, 2015 - 11:48 pm
God’s Green Room

Sometimes we think and feel like we’re in a prison, left on God’s ministerial shelf and forgotten, only to find out later that all along we were just in God’s green room awaiting our turn to go on stage and perform for Him. There have been several times in my 35 years of ministry that I’ve felt like I was in … Continue reading

No More Handouts

Earl Middleton | March 19th, 2015 - 10:25 pm
No More Handouts

Man, I get so annoyed sometimes that I need a place to vent to keep myself from exploding. We need to get back to earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, to God’s original intent for life. I think I’ll use this space for that purpose on Throwback Thursdays. So, here’s what’s bugging me today. I’m so … Continue reading

Self Inflicted Pain

Earl Middleton | March 18th, 2015 - 11:23 pm
Self Inflicted Pain

Some of the hardships we face and endure are really because of our own foolishness, disobedience, and misjudgment. Does God offer relief and healing from this kind of pain? Absolutely. When we see our kids suffer because of their own mistakes we rescue them when they acknowledge their fault and recognize their role in their current circumstances. When they confess … Continue reading

No AO in SAE at OU

Earl Middleton | March 16th, 2015 - 8:08 pm
No AO in SAE at OU

You’re white, running low on gas, and forced to turn off the highway to refuel in an area you know nothing about. You pull into the gas station and are immediately gripped by fear. Heavy bass thumps in your chest and rattles your windows. It’s a black neighborhood. The station is teeming with young black people at the pumps and in … Continue reading

Ex-Pastors: The Most Overlooked Resource in the Church

Earl Middleton | October 21st, 2014 - 4:57 am
Ex-Pastors: The Most Overlooked Resource in the Church

Many, if not most, churches are constantly looking for qualified, competent, caring, and committed people to help do the work of their ministry. Many, if not most, of these churches have at least one such person hiding in plain sight in their pews at every worship service. According to Bo Lane’s website, expastors.com, 1500 pastors leave the ministry each month. … Continue reading