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, … [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 … [Read more...]

Dr Henry Cloud Opens Catlayst 2013 on Identity

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Dr. Henry Cloud kicked off the opening session of Catalyst 2013 Labs with a session inspired by his new book Boundaries for Leaders.  Dr. Cloud challenged Catalyst leaders to honestly acknowledge the reality gap that exists between what we know about leadership and what we actually experience in the real world of daily leadership struggles.  As Christian leaders, we know our identity is in Christ. We believe that proposition. But how do we truly understand our identity?  All too often we … [Read more...]

Does God Use Dreams to Speak to Christians Today?

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Does God use dreams to speak to Christians today? Many years ago, I would have immediately replied with a vehement and emphatic “No!” My fervor for protecting the place of Scripture as God’s revelation of Himself demanded it. Or so I thought. Now, I’m not so sure that dreams have no place alongside my continued insistence on the rightful place of Scripture as “the only rule to direct how we may glorify and enjoy Him.” As I read Scripture, I see God using dreams to guide His … [Read more...]

5 Truths Children Won’t Know About Marriage Unless We Teach Them

5 Truths Children Won't Know About Marriage Unless We Teach Them

Marriage is under attack in our culture. From the sexual revolution to the rise of divorce to the fight over same-sex marriage, this precious institution is being bombarded from all sides. And our children are right in the middle of it. Hollywood, the media, our school systems, and sometimes even fellow Christians are constantly portraying an untrue version of marriage to today's children and teens. And it's taking its toll. Most girls spend lots of time imagining their fairy tale … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good: Interview with Peter Greer of HOPE International

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Privileged to feature a recent interview with Peter Greer. Peter is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on Christ-centered job creation, savings mobilization, and financial training.  He is also the author of the new book The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. You can hear Peter speaking in a lab session at the Catalyst conference in Atlanta October 2-4, 2013.  Bill:  Can you tell me a little bit about HOPE International, a brief version about what you do for … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Teach about Drinking Alcohol?

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This is a guest post from my friend, Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin, President of the Center for Cultural Leadership. This post is a response to a friend of his who asked the question, "What does the Bible teach about drinking alcohol?" I thought there might be others who struggle with this question on their faith walk. You can purchase his latest book here: Christian Culture: An Introduction.  Follow his blog here. Hello Andrew.  I know you’re not running an advice column, but I was hoping you … [Read more...]

How Is Your Relationship with God?

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How is your relationship with God? Have you ever been asked this question? Maybe you've asked the question of others. How should it be answered? Is there a right or wrong way? I recently heard Randy Pope, author of Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series) share an account of how he has often posed the question, "How is your relationship with God?" to men in his discipleship groups. He often gets answers such as, "Well, I've been … [Read more...]


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