Big Bibles, High Flying Flags, or the Presence of Jesus? by Richard Dahlstrom

Sometimes, when I go to the movies, I can’t tell the film’s name 24 hours later.   It’s all gone: plot, players, why I bothered to spend $11 to sit in a dark room for two hours.  There are those few, though, that affected me so profoundly that, even now, 26 years later, I can still remember where I was when, unexpected, “The Mission”reshaped my soul.Having grown up in a conservative Christian home, I’d learned, by other names, notions of American Exceptionalism, and that white guys always w … [Read more...]

New Wine, Old Wineskins and the Fear of Change by Lee Grady

The Lord wants to unleash a gushing river of new wine into the church today, but we must leave some things behind.A woman from Orlando, Fla., was in the news last month because she decided to retire from driving her 1964 Mercury Comet. Rachel Veitch, who is 93, bought the car new for $3,300 when gasoline cost 29 cents a gallon. Today the light yellow car, which Veitch calls “Chariot,” has 567,000 miles on it.That’s great news for Veitch—who will probably get $44,000 for the antique car … [Read more...]

The Blind Leading the Blind by Dudley Hall

He also told them a parable: Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:39-40 (ESV)During his life and ministry, Jesus introduced his new kingdom order and offered a life that beyond that which the Jewish leaders had offered. They were content to work the rhythms of well-tried principles that made for a good reputation and a prosperous lifestyle. Jesus … [Read more...]

Should the Church be Led by Teachers and Scholars? by Donald Miller

The church in America is led by scholars. Essentially, the church is a robust school system created around a framework of lectures and discussions and study. We assume this is the way its supposed to be because this is all we have ever known. I think the scholars have done a good job, but they’ve also recreated the church in their own image. Churches are essentially schools. They look like schools with lecture halls, classrooms, cafeterias and each new church program is basically a teaching p … [Read more...]

The Leadership Pendulum by Garris Elkins

I remember the first time I heard a concept that I knew was a leadership principle. At the time I was in my 20s and studying for the ministry. A wise leader said the Church is like a pendulum – it is constantly swinging back and forth to find a place of balance. As the years have gone by I've come to realize that this pendulum never stops, but continues to swing from side to side as the Church enters and departs different seasons of life and development.I have lived long enough to see the C … [Read more...]

2012: New Leadership, New Boldness and New Provision by Lee Grady

As I have prayed about the coming year, I’ve sensed three clear directives.Some people are terrified of 2012. They worry because the Mayans of ancient Mexico mysteriously ended their 5,126-year-old calendar on Dec. 21, 2012—as if they expected the world to end that day. This silly hypothesis became the basis for several New Age books and a goofy disaster movie, 2012, in which actor John Cusack avoids meteors and earthquakes just in time to get his family aboard the modern version of Noah’s ar … [Read more...]

Eight Lessons Leaders Can Learn From Tiger Woods” Life by Joseph Mattera

The epic saga of Tiger Woods' fall from being touted as a model citizen and athletic superstar to a reckless, self-centered, out-of-control sex addict serves as a leadership lesson for all of us. The following are important principles we need to take seriously for ourselves and those we are leading:I. Leaders need to build their lives upon the solid foundation of good character and morals, not on gifts and abilities. You can master the art of making money but miss it in the arena of … [Read more...]

“Eleven Leadership Lessons from Tim Tebow’s Success” By Joseph Mattera

Like many others in the country, I have been closely following Tim Tebow’s journey from college to professional football, and I am thrilled with his incredible success in the NFL!Tebow was picked low in the first round of the college draft because of his supposed weaknesses as a passer. This was in spite of him winning the Heisman Trophy and leading his team to two BCS National Championships.Since his days as a college quarterback I have been impressed with his incredible leadership a … [Read more...]

Spirit of Love, Power, and a Sound Mind by Robert Ricciardelli

So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to take root in their lives. Fear brings torment, can paralyze us, and keep us from our upward calling. God has not given us a spirit of fear but He has given us a Spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. God's power in you is greater than any power that comes against you. You can make the choice today to close the door on fear, and meditate on the promises of God. Listen for the Voice of Truth that overcomes f … [Read more...]

The Power of Treating Others Well by Robert Ricciardelli

The way you treat others has a direct impact on the effectiveness of your prayers, and the prayers of those who live righteously are powerful. When we aren't treating others with love, honor, and kindness, then we aren't allowing His righteousness to operate through us. We will realize a major power shortage in prayer and in life when we do not treat others well. We should seek wisdom and understanding in considering the needs of others. Forgive others, treat them kindly, and the power of God … [Read more...]