Why “Finishing Well” Can Never Be Our Main Reason To Behave Morally

Finishing well in ministry really matters to me.

Especially since I now have more ministry years behind me than in front of me.

I want every day of my ministry life to matter. And I want to end it having brought honor to Christ, his church and my family.

This has become even more important as I have watched so many pastors leave the ministry under a cloud of suspicion or outright guilt, sometimes in what was already going to be their final years.

Too many times we’re seeing decades of great ministry irreparably tainted by credible accusations of moral indiscretion.


Wanting to finish well is not the main reason I’m determined to behave morally. It should never be for any of us.

Be Undeniable: A Christian Alternative to Engaging In the Culture War

Is the culture heading in a direction you think is bad? (No doubt it is, in many ways).

Don’t become just another whining or angry voice in the mess. Rise above it. Stick to the agenda Jesus gave us instead of being drawn into endless arguments, debates and unwinnable wars of words.

Be undeniable.


By doing what Jesus told us to do. His instructions haven’t changed.

It’s still supposed to be about the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

Morality Has No Expiration Date

I have a confession to make.

I watch Downton Abbey.

And not in a “my wife makes me watch it” way, but in an “I can’t believe how good this is!” way.

Yes, I actually like it.

For those unfamiliar with the show, Downton Abbey (Not Downtown Abbey. Pronouncing it that way makes fans cringe) is a British drama that was set in the 1910s when it started several seasons ago, but has since moved into the Roaring 20s.

I seldom talk about my TV viewing habits in this forum. But I’m bringing it up today because in last night’s episode there was a fleeting moment where an argument was made which always sets my teeth on edge.