Choose wise local leaders [God’s heart for good government, part 1]

The midterm elections were this week, the results are in, and now the politicians can get back to the business of governing.  That is good news for us, not least of which because the political road signs are coming down.  Postcards from candidates probably stopped arriving daily in the mail.  The TV ads are finallyContinue reading “Choose wise local leaders [God’s heart for good government, part 1]”

Is it weird to preach a sermon about leadership that is mostly for those who aren’t leaders?

Have you ever been asked to lead something in the church and thought “What? Me? No way!!!” The thought of being a leader can raise a number of feelings.  Here a few that I have heard: It’s too much responsibility. What if I make a bad decision?  I don’t want to have to deal withContinue reading “Is it weird to preach a sermon about leadership that is mostly for those who aren’t leaders?”

How “majority rules” can be so good and so bad

Do you believe that “majority rules?”  I am reminded of the game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and their “Ask The Audience” tool.  If a contestant doesn’t know the answer to a trivia question, they have the option, one-time only, to ask the audience which answer the audience would choose.  Audience members thenContinue reading “How “majority rules” can be so good and so bad”

How to submit to leaders and not hate it – 1st Corinthians 16:5-24, Part Two

In this final section of 1st Corinthians, Paul mentions a bunch of leaders that were familiar to the church in the city of Corinth.  At one point, he urges the church to submit to it’s leaders.  Submit is such an ugly word.  It has definitely been abused by many leaders.  As a leader in aContinue reading “How to submit to leaders and not hate it – 1st Corinthians 16:5-24, Part Two”

What do you do when a leader messes up?

People talk about leaders a lot.  We love to evaluate them and discuss how good, or how bad they are. They are more public, and so when they mess up, the mess up is usually known to a lot of people.  Today’s new is filled with President Obama’s slip-up on an Aretha Franklin song.  Tomorrow’sContinue reading “What do you do when a leader messes up?”

Should leaders run from power or wield it?

“How to be a good leader” When you see a phrase like that, do you check out, move on, and think that’s not for me because I’m not a leader?  Leadership speaks of power, and especially abuse of power, and many of us have been negatively affected by leaders run amok.  But maybe, even ifContinue reading “Should leaders run from power or wield it?”