What does godly management look like? How might a CEO relate to a migrant worker? In this talk from Ruth 2, Mark Greene reflects on Boaz and what we can learn from this culture-shaping manager. Boaz: The Whole-Life Disciple in Action from LICC on Vimeo. Mark Greene is the Executive Director for The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC). As the “chief vision-caster,” he is always looking for fresh ways to inspire people with a grasp of the gospel and… Read more

In this 3-1/2 minute video, Bob Robinson talks about how Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed and yeast, and how this relates to our everyday work. Luke 13:18-21 18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” 20 Again he asked, “What… Read more

by Stephanie Summers Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Public Justice, Washington D.C. A US Senator had finished his remarks and was taking questions from a group of college students who were visiting Capitol Hill. I was the next speaker and was rapidly revising my talk to respectfully address some troubling aspects of the Senator’s comments. The Senator stated, “The most important thing for Christians to know is if the church would just do the church’s job, we could get… Read more

I thought I had the stomach flu. But after 3 days of intense abdominal cramps, I called 911 and went to the ER. The next several days were filled with pain and fear as they tried to help my colon heal with antibiotics. My wife Linda rushed home from Haiti where she was on her annual missions trip. The final verdict: My colon had to be removed. Not exactly what I wanted to hear. I’ve spent the past four weeks… Read more

As we enter into Spring, our family has been talking about what we want to do for Summer Vacation. We want to get away from our mundane, day-to-day life and go somewhere else, somewhere where we can experience adventure, relax when we want – somewhere exciting. As I grow older, discussions start about retirement. A time in the future when we can no longer be tied down to the lives we currently have – where we are free to do… Read more

My favorite cartoon characters of all time are those from Looney Tunes. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Marvin the Martian never fail to crack me up. In one episode, Marvin points his “A-1 Disintegrating Pistol” at Daffy Duck, to which Daffy mockingly says, “Little does he realize that I have on my disintegration-proof vest!” Marvin fires the pistol and everything Daffy Duck is disintegrated, save for the vest, which floats in the air for a second before landing… Read more

Several years back, MercyMe produced a song that was a Christian hit – “I Can Only Imagine,” where they wonder what they will do once they get to Heaven. “Surrounded by Your glory / What will my heart feel Will I dance for you Jesus? / Or in awe of You be still? / Will I stand in your presence? / Or to my knees will I fall? / Will I sing hallelujah? / Will I be able to speak at… Read more

“Years ago, I stood before my congregation to make a heartfelt confession. It was indeed difficult to do, yet it would prove transformative for our entire faith community. More than a decade has passed since that day, but I still remember it clearly. Against a backdrop of pindrop silence, I asked the congregation I served to forgive me. Not for sexual impropriety or financial misconduct, but for pastoral malpractice. I confessed I had spent the minority of my time equipping… Read more

It’s a game we often play. We jockey for position based on what we’ve accomplished – and not just for the social prestige, but also for our self-esteem. Some of us have come to believe what American society has told us – those who really matter have titles that impress, degrees from prestigious institutions, careers as high-level corporate leaders (or, in the current trend, as entrepreneurs), or thousands of followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest. Christians are not immune…. Read more

There is an irony that might be missed by those who have embraced the APEST typology advocated by Alan Hirsch, Mike Breen, and others in the Missional Movement. In our desire to overcome an overbearing leadership structure that was found in putting so much power in the Shepherd-Teacher, we are in danger of creating yet another overbearing leadership structure but with different leaders. We worry so much about the destructive nature of institutionalism that we shift the focus from 2/5… Read more

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