The Long Road Home

After more than a year of preparation, my new book, The Long Road Home: How God Forms Our Prodigal Souls is almost here!

I coauthored this book with my uncle, Dr. Earle L. Wilson, to help people discover the life they are searching for. As we say in the book, there are many types of prodigals, and there are many far countries. We’re all searching for something, and Jesus’ timeless story of the Prodigal Son points the heart toward home.

“The dream team of Earle Wilson and Lawrence Wilson have dropped a bombshell of a blessing on us all. They tell some of the greatest stories every told about what literary scholars routinely call ‘the greatest short story ever told’—Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. I looked long and hard at my own life after an up-close reading of The Long Road Home.

LEONARD SWEET, bestselling author; professor, Drew University, George Fox University, Tabor College

You can find out more about it here. I believe this book will make a huge impact on those who read it.

That won’t happen without your help though. That’s why I’m recruiting people to help spread the news.

My publisher is making a limited number of review copies available (e-book format), and I can give them to anyone willing to write an online review.

Here’s all you need to do:

One: Sign up for a free copy here. I’ll email you a link to the download right away.

Two: Read the book ASAP upon receipt.

Three: Post a review on either or the Wesleyan Publishing House site. Good, bad, or indifferent, just say what you think.

As a bonus, if you post a review on both sites (it can be the same review), I’ll send you a free e-copy of my former book, A Different Kind of Crazy: Living the Way Jesus LivedJust sent me the links to your reviews.

This is a limited offer, and I have just a few books give away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thank you so much for your willingness to join in! The Long Road Home is going to help lots of people discover their true purpose in life, and your efforts will make a difference!

I work in Christian publishing, and I served in pastoral ministry for some 20 years. So on behalf of myself and the industry I represent, allow me to correct a wrong impression that we—many of us who communicate the gospel for a living—have perpetuated for a long time.

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There actually is no easy path to spiritual growth.

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Many pastors feel they are vocationally locked in to ministry, but nothing could be further from the truth. Every pastor has skills that can land a job elsewhere. The secret is to present them in a professional business resume that makes sense to a hiring manager.

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Here are seven steps to telling your professional story and preparing yourself to enter the secular job market. And yes, you can do this.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is known as a civil rights leader and as a great orator. His iconic speech, “I Have a Dream,” is one of the greatest pieces of oratory in American history.


Yet before he was either a civil rights leader or orator, King was a preacher. He was pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., and preached widely in other pulpits.

Today’s pastors can learn a great deal from King, the preacher.

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There are two types of people in the world: prodigals, and those who love them. Or so I always thought.

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“The younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living,” said Jesus in his story of the lost son (Luke 15:13).

There is the essence of prodigality and the great downward movement in this superb parable. Impatient, impetuous, dreaming of the more that lay just over the horizon, the Prodigal set of for a far country and there staged the mother of all orgies.

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She sat in my office, tight-lipped, teary, determined not to allow years’ worth of anger to boil into some sort of scene. “It’s taken me a long time to get this far,” she said. “But I think I’m finally ready to do this.”

“This” was re-joining the church after a lapse of maybe five years. Why now? Because her husband, a veteran pastor who had been in a non-parish assignment was ready to accept an appointment. If that were to happen, she would have to rejoin the denomination he served.

So, for the sake of her husband’s career, she was willing, finally, to move beyond the emotional beating she’d taken from a previous congregation and make her peace with the local church.

And that, right there, explains the unique challenge of being a pastor’s wife, something many churches and even some pastors do not understand.

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Your church website conveys lots of messages about your congregation, including some you may not be aware of. That’s particularly true when it comes to presenting pastor and staff member information.

What does your church website say about you?

While visiting hundreds of church websites in connection with a research project, I discovered that there is no such thing as a typical church site. I’ve seen everything from high-end, custom designs to Facebook pages to no web presence at all. Yes, really. About 24 percent of the churches I examined had no web presence.

Likewise, there’s a gamut of approaches to presenting information about the senior leader and staff (or not).

All of them are fine, so long as you know who you are and what you’re communicating through your pastor’s bio. I’m convinced that many pastors have little idea what the “Our Staff” page actually says about them and their congregations.

Here are some of the most common approaches.

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