The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve. - John Stott
There are many leaders I admire who have influenced my own leadership. I admire the teachings on leadership by guys like John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, and Patrick Lencioni. There are leaders from my personal life such as a former pastor, a former boss, a high school principal and leaders in my own community who have influenced me as I have watched their leadership. I also love to learn from a great athletic coach. I have been known to choose the teams I support by the coach that leads them. I love
Confidence is "a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something" according to the Merriam-webster dictionary.
Do you have confidence? How can we have confidence? If we look at ourselves, we seldom have it. Only we see God and stay in Him, we can have true confidence.
Here are 19 Bible verses helps you have true confidence in God.
“Let Every Saint Thy Glory See”: Reflections on Our Attitude in Approaching The Table of The Lord
I've been thinking lately of the mood or attitude or spiritual perspective that ought to characterize our approach to the Lord's Table. Many gravitate to one of two extremes. Some come sullen and sad, while others draw near with a joy that often borders on frivolity.
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - September 18, 2016) -- Standing in the gallery of the Albuquerque Museum of Art listening to poets Hakim Bellamy and Jessica Lopez (both former Albuquerque poet Laureates) read new poems was a thing of beauty.
I've often been asked what, in my opinion, is the best book ever written on the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Scriptures. It's not an easy question to answer. When I first started out in ministry in the 1970's there were few to which I might point. B. B. Warfield's classic work,Revelation and Inspiration, was usually the go-to text on the subject. I would also direct people to two books by J. I. Packer: Fundamentalism and the Word of God (his first published volume on Scripture) a
I've spent some time studying church growth - and church decline. I am frequently asked, especially by pastors in declining churches, what keeps a church from growing - what causes a church to decline.
Pastor burnout is a common problem in the church today. I hear from pastors on a regular basis facing the stress of ministry.
Here’s a common scenario, which can cause burnout to happen. These may be some of the more common ones I hear. Perhaps this is your story.
The book of Judges tells the story of a very dark time in the history of Israel. Yet even in the darkness, God was at work. As He often does, He brought light and hope from the most unexpected place. Naomi accompanied her faithless husband, Elimelech, to Moab; he doubted that God could provide for him in the land of promise. So he turned his back on the provision of God for Israel.
In the on-going dialogue (debate!) between complementarians and egalitarians, there is considerable confusion about the meaning of male headship. So today we look at 10 things we should know about headship.
My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.
Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." John 5:8
In order to appreciate the value of Jesus' command, you need to consider the culture of the day. Today, although some may feel we don't do enough, there are limited opportunities for the physically handicapped to work and lead productive lives. In Christ's time on earth, the handicapped were outcast. They lived off handouts they could obtain from begging.
Josiah became King of Judah when he was eight years old. At the time, Judah could not have been more of a spiritual and cultural disaster. Manasseh and his son, Amon, had just concluded 57 of perverse years of leadership. Manasseh set a new standard of wickedness during his reign and his son, Amon, picked up where his father left off. These were dark, dark times.
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - August 22, 2016) -- After hearing the musical ensemble Chatterperform American composer John Adam's work Christian Zeal and Activity  at the Albuquerque Museum of Art, it caused me to ponder: can a non-Christian artist positively influence and affect a Christian?
GROVE, OK (ANS - August 21, 2016) -- “We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory” — Romans 5:2 (CEB).
Why are you a Christian? Is it because your parents are Christians? Is it because of the church you attended as a child?
We look once again today at helpful comments from Scott Christensen, taken from his excellent book, What About Free Will? Reconciling our Choices with God's Sovereignty (P&R, 2016). Here we take note of an important distinction in Scripture between two senses in which God may be said to "will" something:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
The cornerstone of a biblical
worldview must be the fear of the Lord. Understanding
how this world really works is impossible without the fear of the Lord
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS – July 31, 2016) -- Father John Dear was recently in Albuquerque, New Mexico speaking at two different occasions on two separate topics, but with the common theme of peace.