Locating God’s presence this past year.

Locating God’s presence this past year. (The Grand Prayer of Examen) Look Back – Look over the past 6 – 12 months. – Where has the Lord been present and at work in my life? – What significant changes have come my way? – When have I been the most stressed? the most blessed, andContinue reading “Locating God’s presence this past year.”

Who is My Shepherd?

Disclaimer: my thoughts are all over the place. There are like birds flying everywhere. 🙂 I’ve been processing a moral failure of a church pastor and watching the church fall apart. This man was a mentor to me in many ways. It was because of him and his wife, that I was encouraged to marryContinue reading “Who is My Shepherd?”

Do Leaders Need to Repent?

Do leaders need to repent …or can they sweep things under the carpet? When leaders fail to repent for idolatry and do not make heart change, not only do they cut off blessing in their own lives, but also in the lives of the people that they lead. When a person walks in idolatry (bowingContinue reading “Do Leaders Need to Repent?”

When They Don’t Change?

What do you do when a person in your life doesn’t change…? What if it’s your leadership, your employee, a friend, a client, a date, etc…? Here’s a great refresh from a message I heard long ago and again from a book I read a year ago. Thankfully, there are things you can do beforeContinue reading “When They Don’t Change?”

Character of Leaders?

I was pondering the C’s of leadership lately as many of us have been disappointed in leaders lacking the character to walk faithfully and courageously. Some people say that a leader should have character, charisma, commitment, courage, competence… But, have you ever noticed how God seems to never look for people with outstanding character to call themContinue reading “Character of Leaders?”

How do we approach truth?

Just read this today and my heart leapt…! Jesus calls himself “the truth” (John 14:6), and the Holy Spirit, “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:7; 16:13). Any time we are not living from Jesus’ perspective, the foundation of truth, we are in some way connected to the father of lies, the devil. When we experienceContinue reading “How do we approach truth?”

What is the true job of a pastor?

The other day I had a delightful call with a young leader who brought up the topic of how a Pastor’s role appears to have terribly wandered today. I did a little digging on what others are saying… “Most books on church growth and leadership today argue that if pastors continue to do what pastorsContinue reading “What is the true job of a pastor?”

‘Doing’ Church – “We make victims of our heroes.”

“Doing” Church in North America – “We make victims of our heroes.” Graham Cooke brilliantly describes how “doing” church today must start with leaders who can model freedom. He goes onto say that church revolves around 3 types of people: Initiators, Enablers and Resisters. He skillfully describes if that if we have any hopes of accomplishingContinue reading “‘Doing’ Church – “We make victims of our heroes.””

What should women do?

“Just imagine what would happen to this church if all the women left.” The looks on the men’s faces turned from indifference to shock and horror. They realized that the vast majority of the ‘hands on’ ministering was happening because of women. The women were faithful and valuable to building God’s kingdom! Jesus has tons of things to sayContinue reading “What should women do?”

When Men are Silent

What happens when men keep silent…? (I wrote a post recently… When We Silence Women …but let us also highlight the value of men’s voices…)  We need to hear both voices of men and women, not spoken in fleshly anger, but in bold Spirit-led risk-taking obedience… Dr Larry Crabb reminds us of the value of men’s voices… I alwaysContinue reading “When Men are Silent”