Dr. Frank Page

A State of Gratitude

We are approaching the season of year that is defined by giving thanks and known for generosity and gratefulness. It is one of my favorite seasons of the year. One of my favorite scriptures comes from Paul’s letter to the Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your […]

Aphorisms

For some time I’ve been thinking about aphorisms, or sayings, that I often hear. Some of them have made their way into popular culture and the common vernacular. Others are even part of songs. Read the following and see if you have heard them: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. What doesn’t make you bitter makes you better. God helps those who help themselves. It’s all good. With all due respect. It is what it is. Are these sayings true? […]

Unmet Expectations

I read an interesting article in Leadership Journal by a pastor named Michael Bender titled, “Failing Them Softly.” The subtitle of his article was, “Disappointing people’s expectations is inevitable. Just do it at a rate they can tolerate.” I have often experienced this reality in my pastoral ministry. In my entire experience, I pastored churches that were either plateaued or declining when I arrived. As one begins the process of changing the attitude, perspective, and direction of a church, expectations are […]

Father Knows Best

We will soon celebrate Father’s Day. Do you remember hearing of an old show called “Father Knows Best”? It was a show that aired decades ago about a mythical family where the father always dressed in suits and the mother always wore pearls and gloves for her daily chores. In the mythical family that was portrayed, the father was a loving, humorous, dependable man who led his family in a stable environment. That kind of show seems almost comical in the […]