4 Mistakes Leaders Make While Trying to Avoid Vulnerability


“The hardest lesson I’ve had to learn as a leader is this: If I am not vulnerable, I am not leading.” Shrink, p.44   “We must lead from a position of vulnerability. Most people think that leadership is the exercise of power, but it is not. Leadership that has been informed and transformed by Christ [Read More...]

What is the Path to Human Freedom? (It’s Not What You Think It Is)


Freedom is a big deal in our culture—the founding virtue of American society—despite the fact that most of us have a naïve understanding of what we mean when we claim to be free. Freedom is typically defined as self-determination; no limits. We are free to do whatever we want to do, so long as we [Read More...]

Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture – Now Available Wherever Books are Sold

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Our society is fascinated with success. The American story is about bigger, better, higher, stronger, and faster. Don’t talk about limits, talk about results; talk about the latest models, strategies, and techniques that will lead us to greatness. This kind of leadership is pragmatic. It asks only one question: “What works?” That’s the American story. That’s [Read More...]

All In On WooWoo – A Little Friday Funny

So, I’m attempting to come down from a bit of an unplanned blog hiatus. I didn’t mean to orphan the blog for a few weeks. I just needed some space from the daily grind of producing a post, mostly in order to engage with my family in a more intentional way this summer. I’ve been [Read More...]

This Papal Conclave Will Not Address the Single Most Important Issue: Celibacy


The issues facing the Roman Catholic Church are daunting and well documented: decades of sexual abuse aided and abetted by irresponsible cover-ups, moral and leadership failures, financial corruption, the role of women (or lack thereof), redefining the priesthood, homosexuality, gay marriage, birth control, shrinkage in West, growth in the South, and the list goes on. [Read More...]

Why Do We Keep Choosing Narcissistic Leaders?

I read an interesting article today from the Harvard Business Review about the rash of high profile leaders resigning because of extra-marital affairs. As an evangelical Christian, my antenna is pretty high for narcissistic leadership – it has long been our stock in trade. The comparison is made easier when evangelicals like Pat Robertson make [Read More...]

Andy Stanley and Charles Stanley – What Really Happened?

For years I’ve heard the whispers about what happened between Andy Stanley, one of the most famous and influential pastors and leaders, and his father Charles Stanley, equally famous and possibly even more influential. These two famously large preaching personalities had parted ways years back amid a divorce between Charles and his wife, Andy’s mom. [Read More...]

Tuesdays with Walter Part 06 – The Language of Leadership is Theological

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I’m in the midst of a long term experiment with the staff at Redemption Church where I pastor. Over the past few decades it has become popular for the typical church staff to study leadership books. Evangelical pastors in our society are expected not only to be theologians, preachers, and pastors, but they are expected [Read More...]

Tuesdays With Walter Part 04 – Even Missional Leadership Attempts to Co-opt God in Support of Their Model

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My series, Tuesdays with Walter, continues today with a reflection on one simple but revolutionary concept from Chapter 02 of The Prophetic Imagination. If you want to catch up here is part 01, part 02, and part 03. The point of this series is to do a close reading of WB’s great book with an [Read More...]

Tuesdays With Walter Part 03: Leadership Reflections from Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination

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Review of Chapter one: Reality: We have been enculturated, all of us – claimed by our culture and traditioned by it. Even for the church, the culture is our tradition. Cause: Why are we enculturated? Because we have abandoned the Christian tradition, and thus experience a full (or nearly so), loss of Christian identity (we [Read More...]