Here's an important article from John Whittaker... I was having a conversation about Matthew 28:19–20 and the mission of the church with two men who had Bible College degrees and a decade’s worth of ministry behind them. And like so many pastors today, they had misunderstood that well-known text. They thought the Great Commission was … Continue reading What the Church Does
In my daily Bible reading, I am working my way through the letters of John. Today's reading was 1 John 2:1-6, and I invite you to sit with this passage for a little bit and examine your walk with Christ. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not … Continue reading The Walk
Whenever I need a reminder of the life that God offers, the blessings that are in life with God, and the ways in which God works in my life, one of the places I turn to is Psalm 16. That relatively short psalm provides perspective and restores hope whenever both are running low in my … Continue reading “You Are My Lord”
In my role as a leadership and performance development facilitator/trainer with Oklahoma Human Services, I have the opportunity to have regular conversations with leaders from all across the state. These leaders are smart, capable, passionate, conscientious; and they perform very important tasks with a high level of competency and character. But they are also tired. … Continue reading 4 Observations about Leaders
Lynn and Martha Russell Yesterday afternoon, my beloved Uncle Lynn, my mother's twin brother, passed away. He was a smart, kind, and humble man who lived a life of integrity that won him the respect of many. He selflessly served others and was devoted to his family - including me. He encouraged me, took an … Continue reading Loss
I like to read the works of really old theologians, and the other day I was reading a selection from a Scottish author named George MacDonald (1824-1905). MacDonald definitely had a way with words, and these words have stuck with me ever since I read them: Instead of asking yourself whether you believe or not, … Continue reading I Can’t Get This Quote Out of My Head!
What thing am I doing over and over again that has the potential to wreck my life? What thing am I doing over and over again that has the potential to wreck my leadership? What is one thing I can do tomorrow (or in the next moment) that would put me on a better trajectory … Continue reading 3 Questions
This past Saturday morning I attended the graveside service of a long-time member of the Alameda congregation named Judy. Judy was not rich or famous and she didn't have an impressive-sounding title or hold a position of power. But she was loved, nonetheless. She will also be remembered fondly because she was the epitome of … Continue reading Be Great Today!
No matter what political party you belong to, no matter what presidential candidate you voted for, and no matter what your political views are, the events of last week (the storming, breaching, and ransacking of the U.S. Capitol) were both sad and alarming. Since then, I have reflected on what happened through several different lenses, … Continue reading A Leadership Reality Check