Advancing the Runners

We're coming to the end of playoff season in Major League Baseball, and it's been another good one. So far, there's been one thing that has stood out to me above everything else, and it's something that we can all learn from - even if you're not a baseball fan.  So, hang with me and … Continue reading Advancing the Runners

11 More Characteristics of Church Pessimists

On Monday I wrote about the great opportunity we Christians have to be "salt and light" to the world around us simply by being positive.  Unfortunately, our churches consist of many members who remain pessimists.  Chuck Lawless has listed several characteristics of church pessimists on his blog.  I shared his first list on Monday, and … Continue reading 11 More Characteristics of Church Pessimists

11 Characteristics of Church Pessimists

Yesterday I preached in this shirt... I wanted to send a visible message to our congregation that one of the ways we Christians can stand out in today's world of increasing negativity is to be a source of positivity.  And who has more reason to "stay positive" than the redeemed children of God whose Savior … Continue reading 11 Characteristics of Church Pessimists

Are You a Real Team?

This past weekend I read Jon Gordon's excellent book The Power of a Positive Team.  In one section of the book, he lists some specific differences between being a team and being on a team.  As you read through this excerpt evaluate your teams - family, workplace, organization, church, sports team - to see how … Continue reading Are You a Real Team?

How to Filter Opinions

Leading change in any organization is difficult. It presents many challenges, obstacles, and complexities that have to be skillfully navigated. It also unearths a plethora of opinions from the people in the organization, including many that stand in opposition to the change that is being proposed. So, how do leaders make sense of all these … Continue reading How to Filter Opinions

The Leadership We Need

This important excerpt from Scott Sauls' book on leadership must be given serious consideration in our day and age.  Haven't we seen enough to understand the limits and failure of human-defined leadership?  We need a different standard.  We need a higher form of leadership - the kind of leadership exhibited by Christ.  Anything less is … Continue reading The Leadership We Need