I meet with pastors weekly either in person or online. It fuels me to invest in younger leaders and always challenges me as I learn from them. I'm a better leader because I intentionally invest in other leaders.
(There's a hint for some of you more seasoned leaders.)
One reason leadership can make a person feel isolated is the weight of responsibility on the one who claims to be the senior leader in an organization. Whether in the business world, in non-profits or in churches, there are some things that happen in any organization that senior leaders help determine - whether intentional or not. In each of these cases, inactivity determines them just as much as activity.
The National Secular Society offers certificates to atheists who want to revoke their baptism. It estimates that 100,000 people have downloaded such documents from their website over the past five years.
One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. The plaque was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside him and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex."
I don't know about you, but I like pleasant surprises, particularly when there are three in a 24-hour period of time. My first surprise came when I opened the Arts section of the Sunday edition of the Albuquerque Journal newspaper. There on page F5 I read the headline, "German Organist Recital at St. John's Cathedral." In addition to the recital, the article stated that the organist, Dr. Jörg Abbing , was delivering a free lecture at the Cathedral, discussing "the different paths of musical c
Haaz Sleiman was born in the United Arab Emirates and grew up in Lebanon. He moved to the U.S. when he was 21 and has appeared in a variety of television roles. Now the Muslim actor is generating headlines with the news that he has been cast to play Jesus in the upcoming adaptation of Bill O'Reilly's Killing Jesus.
There once was a land, a magical land, with a chicken in every pot. And in this land, which was called Progressitopia, there were two peoples. There were those who saw the world as it was, and there were those who saw the world as they oh-so-very-much wished it could be. The former were called the Trads, and the latter, the Progs. It was the Progs who held dominion over this great land, and so it was they who wrote, or re-wrote, her history.
It is downright difficult to shock or awe anyone anymore. The convergence of instant-media platforms and invisible data networks, which connect these platforms to millions of eyeballs, means that anything which happens in the world is eligible for prime time.
Towns taken over by Islamic extremists. Christians on the run. Killings and abductions. You would be forgiven for thinking this is a description of the current situation in Iraq and Syria, but a horrifyingly similar battle is taking place 3,000 miles away from there, in northern Nigeria. Here, the terrorist group Boko Haram are fighting to create an Islamic state of their own - and it's starting to look like a fight they could win.
2,000 KILLED THIS YEAR
Imagine walking down the street in Sydney, Australia when an Islamic State terrorist attacks you. Not because you are a threat to him or ISIS, but because he wants to behead you in a random "demonstration killing" he will put on YouTube for the world to see. Last week, Australian police thwarted just such a plot, raiding more than a dozen properties and detaining 15 people...
Mr Augustine Aiyadurai, Administrative Officer at The Schieffelin Institute of Health - Research and Leprosy Centre and former Treasurer of CMAI, passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Zorzor, Liberia. He died of Cerebral Malaria while serving in the Curran Hospital at Zorzor, Liberia. He had gone there as a missionary on Sabbatical leave at the request of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
A recently recorded video is circulating online of Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen, calling on congregants at Lakewood Church to ‘do good for your own self’ because obedience, the church and worship are not for God as much as for self-happiness.
A megachurch in Alabama recently held an open house to celebrate the opening of its $26 million dollar, six-dome entertainment center, which some are stating is far from biblical Christianity and the example of the early Church.
I can't seem to put my finger on why I enjoy the annual Indian Market held each year in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but I just do. Who knows, maybe the other 175,000-plus people who attend the Market each year can't put their fingers on it either; I may not be alone.
An Assyrian Christian woman and her elderly mother who fled from Mosul on July 19, ahead of the ISIS deadline for Assyrian Christians to convert or die, returned to her home last Saturday. She had fled for safety to Dohuk but decided to return because of the "unbearable conditions" in the refugee camps.