My Platform Response to Ahmaud Arbery’s Death

Here are my comments regarding the Ahmaud Arbery shooting and subsequent video, shared from the platform of New Hope Church on May 10, 2020: I have to take just a moment and acknowledge something that has dominated the headlines these recent days, and, if I may say, should have been dominating the headlines these recent weeks. I want you to […]

“To the Other Side”

One of the most vivid stories in the histories of Jesus is when he and his disciples find their boat tossed to and fro upon the stormy waters Galilee’s sea. Consider their experience as recorded by Mark in the history that bears his name: On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to […]

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 is, Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.” When I […]

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 […]