The Real Power of Leadership

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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 POWERNapoleon was obsessed … [Read more...]

Leading, the Following Way.

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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 subject.But, … [Read more...]

The Hunger Generation: 11 Soul Cries That Are No “Game”

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya AngelouEvery year an avalanche of paperback novels and newly produced movies flies off the shelves and onto thousands of screens across the country. Millions of buyers pick up a new piece of fiction and lay down $10+ for a movie in which to escape while relaxing on the beach or in the comfort of a well-cushioned chair. There is a reason for this — everyone loves a good story!Stories shape our lives, our world, even our souls. Stories capture our imaginations. The latest one to do so in a big way is certainly The … [Read more...]

Leading, the Millennials

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy captured the imaginations of Millennials as it contrasts the challenges of Frodo, the little Hobbit given a great responsibility and destiny. The Millennial Generation (or the Bridgers, Generation Next, Net Generation, and the Echo Boomer, among other designations) … or those born from 1982 to the present are the subject of much research and fascination. They represent a smaller number than their parent’s generation, but still a huge portion of the population, some number upwards of 60 million.One of the characteristics most frequently and famously attributed to … [Read more...]

Leading the Buster Generation

The Busters may be the most misunderstood generation in recent years. They  are considered to be the 13th generation ever to be called “American.” This group consists of those who are now approximately 30-50 years of age and were born between 1961 and 1981. Unlike their “Boomer” predecessors, the Busters are the generation that emerged from a significant birth rate decrease in the population.Busters distinguished themselves from the Boomers in several unique and distinct characteristics. They are very community oriented, preferring to run in groups to solo. Half of them came from a single-p … [Read more...]

Leading the Boomer Generation

One out of every three people in America is a “Boomer”; a part of the age group currently between 49-66 years of age. This generation has been known for its excesses and indulgence, characterized in the Tom Wolfe’s popular novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities. New research in the Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll reveals that the Boomers are the most obese generation in American history. Some believe that America is now reaping the “rewards” of these excesses, perhaps financially (amidst a recession) and even spiritually.The infamous Boomers got their name because they were the children … [Read more...]

Leading the Builders Generation

Just how do we define a “generation”? What is it that distinguishes one from another? According to Larry Richard’s Expository Dictionary of Bible Words, a biblical “generation” can be defined as:The span of a single life – from the birth of a person to the birth of his offspring; A period of time, past or future or unending; A family line traced through history; or, as a … A particular group that was alive during a distinctive period of sacred history.Culturally, a “generation” is understood by sociologists to be an age grouping within a civilization that shares …A common place in h … [Read more...]


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