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, Moses. Because of his rebellion hordes of Israelites died. It […]

Leadership Lessons from a Centurion

Tucked within the Scriptures are amazing leadership snapshots, and one worthy of notice is the moment shared between Jesus and the Roman Centurion who has charge over the vicinity of Capernaum on the northern rim of the Sea of Galilee. Luke 7:1-10 ably portrays the story, and within the text much can be learned from the soldier. To begin with […]

Meditatio: Further Reflections on Sermonizing

I must confess that my entire approach to preaching is unorthodox and, perhaps, inadequate, at least in the eyes of those who so faithfully equipped me throughout my educational years. This great revelation came to me a bit ago while I was out shoveling the snow off of my driveway. For whatever it is worth, shoveling snow is a terrific […]

The Shepherd’s Prayer

Folded into the midst of of the sixty-ninth psalm is a remarkably simple prayer that ought to capture the attention of every pastor, parent, coach, and shepherd. Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of […]

Nothing So Strong as Gentleness

For those of you whose leadership style is marked by a mild disposition, a demeanor that is more gentle than not, and yet you often hear that such a disposition is weakness, take heart. Do not take hold of the lie that your posture is somehow less than. I hear this enough, and it can be quite discouraging. But note […]

The Demand of the Disciple

With huge crowds gathering around, Jesus does the politically and culturally unthinkable. Read carefully from Luke 14:26: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Talk about raising the bar! Did you know that being a […]