Atlanta Fire Chief Suspended for Expressing Christian Views

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Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for publishing a book without permission in which he expresses traditional, orthodox Christian views about sexual behavior outside of marriage.A report from Atlanta's WSB-TV: [Cochran was] suspended for one month without pay and will be required to complete sensitivity training. In the book based on Christian values, Cochran identifies himself as Atlanta's fire chief and says his first priority as chief is to run the department "to cu … [Read more...]

Mission Drift: The New Book about Solving the Old Crisis

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Mission drift is inevitable. Your church, your non-profit, your business, your family -- even you as an individual can't avoid it.Drift happens.Such is the conclusion reached by Peter Greer and Chris Horst of HOPE International in their new book Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches, published by Bethany House Publishers.But rather than simply diagnose the illness as inevitable and declare your organization's case to be terminal, the two veteran … [Read more...]

The Great Atlanta Snow Storm: Who Is to Blame?

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Sometimes stuff happens. Circumstances collide unexpectedly. Snow falls further north than the computer models predicted. Events reminds us that we are not in control. And we don't like it. Not one bit.The great Atlanta snow storm of 2014 reminds us that some things are outside of our control.As a recent transplant to Atlanta area from the snow belt of Cleveland, Ohio, I'm used to getting around in snow, unlike most of the people in Atlanta. Snow only arrives like this every few … [Read more...]

The Happiest Life: Hugh Hewitt Reveals the Secret to Genuine Success

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When Hugh Hewitt first mentioned to me that he was planning to write a book on generosity,  I was not surprised. I had already begun to know him as a model for living the generous life.So it made sense when I learned the title of his new book would be The Happiest Life: Seven Gifts, Seven Givers, and the Secret to Genuine Success.Hugh is one of those rare individuals who diligently endeavors to – and succeeds at – living out the wisdom he dispenses to others.In short, he is one of the … [Read more...]

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy in South Africa: A Unique Perspective

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Privileged to feature a unique perspective on the legacy of Nelson Mandela in South Africa from Christina Quist. Christina and her family relocated there by faith  from the US Midwest just two years ago. You can learn more about their journey as FaithWalkers here. I thought her perspective as a transplanted Westerner might shed some new light behind the media coverage on the impact of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The red, blue and green fishing boats in the harbor clang their bells and bob … [Read more...]

How to Be Great in God’s Eyes (Part 2)

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We continue exploring how to be great in God's eyes. If you didn't catch step one, start here: How to be Great in God's Eyes (Part 1). Step 2: Taking Risks for His Kingdom You know the parable Jesus told of the talents. Three servants were assigned chucks of money to steward – significant amounts. Two were rewarded and one was cast into outer darkness to a horrific fate. But what did he do wrong?It wasn’t that he didn’t manage the money. He did manage it; he just didn’t manage it well. In f … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Tim Elmore on Growing the Next Generation of Leaders

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People love people who go first.With that pithy remark, Tim Elmore set the tone for the Catalyst 2013 lab session in Atlanta entitled “Marching Off the Map: A Compass to Help the Next Generation Navigate New Technology and Spirituality.”Tim Elmore, founder and President of Growing Leaders and author of Habitudes for the Journey: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, noted that we have to adjust to a new reality thanks to technology and the way the next generation, Generation i … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Doing Bad by Doing Good with Peter Greer, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Bethany Hoang

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Just enjoyed another Catalyst 2013 Lab session in Atlanta, this one with Bethany Hoang, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Peter Greer. [See my recent interview with Peter here.] Their session was cleverly titled “Fad, Fatigue, or Fidelity? Doing Good and Living our Calling for the Long Haul.”It’s topic I’ve written a bit about as I’ve uncovered my own identity as someone called to equip Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith. [See my Interview with Brad Lomenick on The Catalyst Leade … [Read more...]


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