What kind of “fishing” was Jesus talking about?

What role does a church community play in the work of evangelism? A great place to start in looking at this theologically is the actual words and context of Christ's determination: "I will make you fishers of men (Matt. 4:19)." For starters, was his metaphor of ministry about poles or nets? Read my recent article in Leadership Journal called “Rod and Reel, or Net?” The Pole vs. The Net. – A Fishing Mindset What does it mean when our efforts to evangelize are more communitarian? And, how can we help people get “caught into a community”? What is the difference between a pole … [Read more...]

Samuel Rodriguez Remembers Chuck Colson

Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the NHCLC and recognized as the national leader of Hispanic and Latino Evangelicals.

Robert Crosby: How would you describe the late Chuck Colson and his contribution to the church world? Samuel Rodriguez: Chuck Colson stands as an iconic figure. He enriched the Christian community by personifying the power of a redeemed narrative. His personal experience speaks of a man who fell into grace rather than falling from grace. From the birth of Prison Fellowship to the Manhattan Declaration, Dr. Colson’s optics of reconciling truth with love permeated all aspects of his life. I had the privilege of serving with him on the Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary Board and … [Read more...]

Chuck Colson Dies – From Watergate to the Gates of Heaven

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The Real Power of Leadership

Power Button

Power.  We are obsessed with it.  Our lives are constantly affected by it.  Our homes are vulnerable to it.  And yes, our churches, businesses and schools are constantly exposed to it.  Just think for a moment of how much “power” permeates our lives and thoughts today – Power lunches, power ties, power plays, power moves, power books, power-tools, power psychology, self-empowerment; these themes and more fill our offices, businesses and bookshelves in America.  Power is big business.  Some believe that leadership is about having (and using) … power. THE LOVE OF … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget … to Remember!

Remember

You can tell when a person has “closed their soul” towards you, can’t you? They pull away and avoid your presence. Their answers to your questions become brief and bland. They refuse to make eye contact. Their countenance is sunken. Their posture often bent. Counseling a couple in this state, or a mother and her daughter for that matter, is seldom easy. Melting emotional ice between people that has hardened for months, even years, can feel impossible. . .especially in the span of an hour-long session or two. Fortunately, I have discovered one tool God has given us that almost always … [Read more...]

Leading, the Following Way.

Follow Me

Jesus did not focus on leadership; certainly not the way many Christian pastors and teachers do today.  In fact, I cannot find one place in all of his (red-letter) words where he calls any man specifically to “lead” or to “leadership.” Don’t get me wrong.  Certainly Jesus was and is a leader and led not only a band of twelve men but a movement that would fascinate and dominate the interests of countless millions.  Still, as I pour over his words, although I personally love the subject of leadership I am hard-pressed to find any inkling of the fascination we have today with the … [Read more...]

The Demise of Guys? – What is Happening to the American Male?

Philip Zimbardo, American psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Standford University, makes some astounding and alarming observations about the young American male today. He makes no effort at assessing how we are to respond, but leaves that to the listener. Listen to this analysis of the new male psyche and hold onto your seat. The church and parents have their work cut out for them. … [Read more...]

A President, Not a Pastor.

Could an Evangelical Christian in good conscience vote to elect a practicing Mormon as President of the United States? That is the question with which millions of voters in this country are now wrestling. Because of this struggle, all of Mitt Romney’s efforts to date have not allowed him to rise above twenty-five percent of Republican support in the polls. What gives? Or, should I say, what will give? After much thought and discussion over this question and listening to an endless array of conversations on the subject, here’s my conclusion: There is a difference between choosing a … [Read more...]

Could He Be the Next Steve Jobs?

It is encouraging to see the enthusiasm, enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit in this young man. Perhaps this time the student teaches the teacher. Pay attention, America! Dr. Robert E. Cooley says that "In today's world, the student is the new 'owner' of education." … [Read more...]

On the Mind of Millennials: “How is America doing?”

"How is America doing?" We hear from so many middle-aged and older voices on this subject, sometimes, we hear it from too many of them. Today, while teaching a class at Southeastern University, the question came to me - "I wonder what this classroom of young Millennials (twenty-somethings) think about how America is doing?" The question was too important to miss the moment. I was interested to hear my students' views on their country and the shape she is in today. So, I popped the question: "If America were a person with a soul, how would you say she is doing today?" Here are some of the … [Read more...]