The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. Psalm 23:1 To the lost sheep, He is the seeking Shepherd; To the needy sheep, He is the providing Shepherd; To the hurting sheep, He is the comforting Shepherd; To the bruised sheep, He is the healing Shepherd; To the anxious sheep, He is the peaceful… Continue reading You Shall Not Want
A leader is a person who rallies others to a better future.
Do you let the facts get in the way of a good story? (Jay’s note for preacher-leaders: Do you let a good story get in the way of the facts?) What do you do with people who disagree with you… do you call them names in order to shut them down? Are you open to… Continue reading Seth Godin: Questions for Leaders
A recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that Facebook is cited in one in five divorces in the United States. Also, more than 80 percent of divorce lawyers reported a rising number of people are using social media to engage in extramarital affairs. “We’re coming across it more and more,” said… Continue reading Facebook Linked in 20% of Divorces
During those final days of the collapsing Marxist experiment in the Soviet Union, Soviet novelist Chingiz Aitmatov retold the following story, which has been paraphrased here. On one occasion, so it was narrated, Stalin called for a live chicken and proceeded to use it to make an unforgettable point before some of his henchmen. Forcefully… Continue reading Stalin: Leading People By Torture and Provision
Many points emerge from this real-life situation. Why had the man strayed from safety? What caused him to fall? Why were the rescue efforts abandoned? How far should we go in reaching those who are lost? At what point is our own danger enough to abandon the rescue attempt? Man who fell 190ft into Nevada… Continue reading The Lost and the Reaching…
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.
If all the sleeping folk would wake up. All the lukewarm folk would fire up. All the dishonest folk would confess up. All the disgruntled folk would sweeten up. All the discouraged folk would cheer up. All the depressed folk would look up. All the estranged folk would make up. All the gossipers would shut… Continue reading A Revival Like Hezekiah Had
…the task of the Church is not to make God relevant to the people as much as it is to make people relevant to God.