Mother Teresa CEO: “Pay Attention to the Janitor”

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As a participant in the Patheos Book Club, I recently read Mother Teresa, CEO: Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership by Ruma Bose and Lou Faust. This book focuses on eight basic leadership principles derived from Mother Teresa’s work with the Missionaries of Charity, an organization that focuses on caring for the poorest of the poor. [Read More...]

Successful Worship?

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For many years, I have been on the editorial board of Worship Leader magazine. I also write regular column for the magazine entitled Lyrical Poetry. In this column, I take one jewel from the treasure chest of the Psalms and consider its relevance for worship and worship leaders. (By “worship leader,” I am thinking about [Read More...]

One of the Most Moving Moments in Sports

Recently, I have been focusing my Daily Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. In the midst of this parable, a father demonstrates his extraordinary love for his son by running to embrace him. In the last two decades, whenever I read about the father’s race, I remember something that happened in the 1992 [Read More...]

Oh no! Harvard Frowns on Eating Potatoes!

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An article in USA Today caught my eye: “Harvard weight study leaves taters tottering.” This article begins: “Potato marketers resent a recent Harvard weight-loss study that encourages Americans to bag the spuds, but pistachio growers are nuts about the study’s findings.” The USA Today story is based on a recently published study by researchers at [Read More...]

How Does God Guide Us? Through Scripture (Part 3)

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Part 8 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last two posts I’ve been arguing that God guides us through Scripture. For the most part, I’m referring to the way the Bible provides basic truths by which to order one’s life. For example, in many passages Scripture tells us to forgive people, and [Read More...]

How Does God Guide Us? Through Scripture (Part 2)

Talk about preaching that connects with people's lives! Billy Graham has been used by God to communicate with millions upon millions. In the picture above, he's speaking in Trafalgar Square in London in 1954. (Picture from the Billy Graham Center of Wheaton College.)

Part 7 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I began to discuss different ways God guides us through Scripture. I focused especially on the sort of general guidance for our lives that is present throughout the Bible. From Scripture we know that we should love God, love our neighbors, love [Read More...]

How Does God Guide Us? Through Scripture

Part 6 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last two posts I explained that God can guide us through shaping the circumstances of our lives. But I admitted that this sort of guidance is often ambiguous. Circumstances may appear to point in more than one direction at the same time. Or different [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: God Places the Lonely in Families

God Places the Lonely in Families Psalm 68:1-35 God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. Psalm 68:6 When I read Psalm 68:6, the first sentence of this verse grabbed my attention: “God places the lonely in families.” [Read More...]

Photos of New York City

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Here are three photos from my recent trip to New York City. [Read more...]

It It Possible to Teach the Art of Conversation and Civility?

The Washington Square Arch, through which you can see the Empire State Building, the "campus" of The King's College

Alissa Wilkinson thinks so. A writing instructor at The King’s College in New York City and an accomplished writer in her own right, Wilkinson believes it is both possible and beneficial to teach students, not only how to write decent prose, but also how to communicate effectively in today’s world. Wilkinson is especially concerned that [Read More...]

Divine Guidance Through Circumstances, Part 2

Dunster House of Harvard University, along the Charles River

Part 5 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post I explained that God guides us, in part, through circumstances. In this post I want to tell a story from my own life in which I experienced this sort of guidance. When I was a sophomore in college, I wanted to share [Read More...]

Divine Guidance Through Circumstances

An actual remnant of a jail in ancient Philippi. Some think this was the very jail in which Paul and Silas were incarcerated, though there is no way to prove it one way or the other. Photo used by permission from holylandphotos.org.

Part 4 of series: How Does God Guide Us? Yesterday, I showed how Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit guides the people of God. As I continue my series on divine guidance, I’m beginning with this post to address specific ways we are guided by the Spirit of God. Today I begin by noting how [Read More...]

Divine Guidance Through the Holy Spirit

El Greco, "Pentecost," 1789

Part 3 of series: How Does God Guide Us? The Bible reveals that the God guides his people. Scripture abounds with examples. Some are dramatic, as in the Book of Exodus. There, not only does God direct Moses by speaking through a burning bush that is not consumed, but also God guides Pharaoh to release [Read More...]

Spirit Guide Silliness (Part 2 of series: How Does God Guide Us?)

Anyone looking for spiritual guidance? Plenty of Barbies here. Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/clevergrrl/.

Spiritual guidance is a marketable commodity these days. If you’re willing to fork over a few bucks–sometimes, a few hundred–you can receive personal guidance from people who claim to have a special channel to “the spirit world.” Many of these gurus hock their supernatural wares at expensive conferences and workshops. Others have turned to the [Read More...]

How Does God Guide Us?

Maliub Club on Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia, Canada

As a pastor, some of the most common questions I’ve received have do to with divine guidance. What is God’s will for my life? Is God leading me to take this new job? Does God want me to marry this person? Could God be pointing me in a new direction for my life? Of course [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Come and Listen!

Come and Listen! Psalm 66:1-20 Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. Psalm 66:16 In Psalm 66, an anonymous poet celebrates God’s awesome deeds. His example of testifying to what God has done serves as an example for the whole earth, so that everyone [Read More...]


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