Leaders: remember the reason for your leadership 


There are two verses in 2 Samuel 5 which together make a very important point for every leader. Whether your leadership is at work, in the church, or at home, you do well to take notice of these verses. The first answers an important question: "how did David become a great King?" The answer is simple: because God was with him. It is God who raises up leaders. It is God who determines our positions. And it is God who grants success. This is a vital antidote to pride. "And David became greater … [Read more...]

The joy of being who God designed you to be. Or how to become a square peg in a square hole

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Many of us go through life feeling like a square peg in a round hole.If we have any sense of destiny at all we think of it as something out there, unreachable.We feel like King David probably did for many years: out of place, awaiting that sense of fulfilling our destiny.I'm not altogether sure which is harder: not knowing what it is you were put on earth to accomplish, or knowing what you think it is, but being unable to achieve it.David had known since he was a young boy out … [Read more...]

Don’t despise new beginnings. On battling bloggers block and going back to the Bible


I'm back.Truth is, over the last few months I have been struggling.Struggling with a new job, which I enjoy but has been demanding more of my time, effort, and emotional energy than I expected.Struggling to balance work with all the other demands on my time.Struggling to be all that I am meant to me.Feeling like a failure many days and in many ways.Struggling to find both the time and emotional space to write.Struggling to know what I want to say, when it feels like I … [Read more...]

Q and A on Evangelism and the Evangelist with Rice Broocks and Tope Koleoso


The final session of last years 300 Leaders was a Q and A, which I chaired. Watch Rice Broocks and Tope Koleoso answer questions on Evangelism and the Evangelist. You can also watch other 300 Leaders videos: … [Read more...]

300 Leaders: Evangelism and the Evangelist by Rice Broocks Session 3


This is the third session on Evangelism and the Evangelist by Rice Broocks from last years 300 Leaders Conference. … [Read more...]

Charles Spurgeon on Tithing


Lined up today toe to toe are two camps of people when it comes to giving. In the one corner are those who legalistically tithe, do so out of fear, and believe everyone must tithe because God demands it. In the other corner are those who say, "We are not under the law of tithing so we don't need to do it." Often these people either don't give to God's house at all, or give very small amounts.Spurgeon, as so often seems to sit right in the middle and challenges both groups. Read the whole … [Read more...]

300 Leaders: Rice Broocks on Evangelism and the Evangelist Session 2


This is session two from the 300 Leaders Conference where my friend Dr Rice Broocks was the speaker. … [Read more...]

300 Leaders: Rice Broocks on Evangelism and the Evangelist: Session 1


My friend Rice Broocks spoke at 300 leaders last year, and I haven't yet shared the sessions here. I encourage you to watch these important talks which address the vital place of evangelism in the modern church, and the missing gift of the Evangelist. Here is the first session: … [Read more...]

Leaders: Gentleness, not severity, will win you respect and love


King David is an interesting character. His gentleness is evident in 2 Samuel 3. David says quite rightly towards the end, "These men, the sons of Zeruiah, are more severe than I." (v39), His lack of severity is to be broadly welcomed, and yet there is perhaps a weak side to this very strength. His gentility leads to passivity. Just like in the previous chapter, King David seems like almost a passenger in this story. Could it be that he was too gentle?King David's attitude is starkly … [Read more...]

 Don’t assume God’s guidance will open an easy path


 Sometimes we can be so familiar with a story that we miss crucial details. As we get to 2 Samuel 2 most of us know what is coming: King Saul is dead, the age of King David has begun. And yet the transition is far from being that straightforward.David inquires of God what he should do. In response to God's reply he moves to Hebron. Judea immediately embraces him as king. David reaches out with magnimity to those who buried Saul. You might think that the reign of King David over the … [Read more...]