Taming the Beasts

Madeleine L’Engle’s fine story Dance in the Desert begins with a caravan of people traveling in hurried fear through a trackless wilderness. They seem to be running from something, and turn furtively to check the movement of shadows at the edge of their peripheral vision. Particularly noticeable among them is a young family, a husband…

Winds and Waves

One of the greatest military campaigns ever conducted was the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 B.C. King Xerxes (the ruler featured in the pages of the Old Testament book of Esther) set out to redress the humiliation suffered by his father’s army at Marathon, where a small Greek force had worn out the massive…

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Confidence

While the news of the day is uncertain, and often frightening, it is important for Christians to remember that we are on the winning side in the battles of life. When Jesus tells his Parables of the Seed and the Yeast (Matthew 13:31-35) he presents a picture of the kingdom of heaven that grows and…

How to Raise Up New Leaders

How to Raise Up New Leaders

Raising up leaders is a necessity, not an option. Without intentionally developing leaders, we are intentionally creating dependency on ourselves and ignoring the future leadership needs of our church or ministry organization. The importance of developing others is clearly identified in 2 Timothy 2:2: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence…

What Kind of Kingdom?

Some of us have the notion that the kingdom of God is primarily a secret and personal rule of God in individual hearts. God is no earthly ruler whose fortunes are dictated by the latest research poll. His name won’t appear on the ballots when we vote in November. TIME magazine is not likely to…

The Leader of the Band

When I was in high school a new music teacher came to town. He was fresh out of college and full of ambition. But here he was, stuck in a very rural community where people didn’t put up with (as they called it) “long-haired music,” either from the Beatles or Beethoven. Still, he was determined…

Strategic Neglect

We’re finishing up the first month of a new year. It’s a good time to ask, How are we doing? Busy? Even busier than last year? Are we willing to admit that this busyness does not necessarily equal effectiveness, success, accomplishment, or satisfaction? One way of describing the challenge of effective leadership and service is…