Immanuel’s Appearance

One of the greatest stories ever told is presented with profound simplicity in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible. Read the brief description with an open heart:  "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived…

Light Has Dawned

One feature of Christmas is the Light of the World breaking into our spiritual darkness--Jesus, "the true light which gives light to everyone." (John 1:9). Consider these simple Scriptures: "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of…

The Blood of Christ and Spiritual Battle

The blood of Christ, shed on Calvary's Tree, creates the holy space for spiritual victory--for our soul's greatest satisfaction. Ephesians 1:7-8 tells us that "we have redemption through [Christ's] blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom…

Further Thoughts on My Greatest Leadership Challenge

I have given expression to my greatest leadership challenge before--leading myself, and it is a dynamic that I continue to want to steward well. With that in mind, consider these thoughts rooted in a recent reading of John the Baptist's simple words in John 3:30, where he declares, "He (that…

Reflections on the American Church and Global Ministry

At a global ministry conference in Beirut, Lebanon, I was asked to share my reflections on the state of the American church and the implications of my observations for global ministry. Here is a survey of what I shared: First, evangelicalism, which is a rich theological construct, has been co-opted…

Four Gems on Leadership

Korah's kin had a tough legacy with which to deal. He was the one who challenged the inestimably great Moses for the leadership of Israel (see Numbers 16). He lost, badly, and was ultimately swallowed up by the ground as punishment from God for daring to affront God's anointed servant,…
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