Two important principles for leaders – Acts 20, Part 4

Leaders, I encourage you to pay special attention to this post.  As you’ll see it is specifically about leaders in the church, but I think the principles apply broadly to leadership in any venue. So does that mean you can skip this post if you’re not a leader? Actually, this post is not just forContinue reading “Two important principles for leaders – Acts 20, Part 4”

The UNtriumphal entry of the unexpected king – Matthew 21:1-17, Part 1

Picture an inauguration or coronation ceremony. What images come to mind? Grand balls. Flashy banners and decor. Lavish parties with bountiful plates of food and dignitaries dressed to impress. The goal is a display of power, wealth, and victory. Today I want to give you a totally different picture of a coronation that would ultimatelyContinue reading “The UNtriumphal entry of the unexpected king – Matthew 21:1-17, Part 1”

Important lessons from a food crisis – Acts 5-6:7, Part 5

I don’t really love food crises. At all. But there is one that happened among the first Christians that we can learn a lot from. The sad fact is that there should not have been a crisis at all. They actually manufactured the crisis because of their poor behavior, which might have been some racismContinue reading “Important lessons from a food crisis – Acts 5-6:7, Part 5”

A three-step process for resolving conflict in the church – Titus 3:9-15, Part 4

Has your church family experienced disagreements? Divisions? Has your church had to wrestle with how to respond? It can be really tricky, right? Emotions fly, people get offended, and it can seem that no matter what option you choose, someone will not like it, get hurt, and leave the church. Okay, let’s turn off theContinue reading “A three-step process for resolving conflict in the church – Titus 3:9-15, Part 4”

An embarrassing dream told me the truth about my life [How God feels about our fear – Deuteronomy 31-34, part 1]

I want to tell you about a dream I had this week.  I’ve had a similar one before.  Maybe you’ve had one like this too.  My dream started as I was sitting in a chair at a pool party at a place I didn’t recognize.  At the party were some of my kids’ friends andContinue reading “An embarrassing dream told me the truth about my life [How God feels about our fear – Deuteronomy 31-34, part 1]”

Christians, justice and leadership in the Church [God’s heart for good government, part 5]

In this series of posts, we have been studying God’s heart for good government in Deuteronomy 16 and 17.  In those chapters, God created levels of governance for Israel: local, national, and over all, the king. What have we seen in all these levels of government that God had for his people? Many things:  Justice isContinue reading “Christians, justice and leadership in the Church [God’s heart for good government, part 5]”

How kings and presidents should lead [God’s heart for good government, part 4]

How should a king or president lead?  In America over the years we’ve seen wildly divergent styles of leadership in our presidents.  Take a few minutes and think about it.  Try to avoid your personal support or disagreement with their political views.  Just consider how our recent 5 or 6 presidents have lived out theirContinue reading “How kings and presidents should lead [God’s heart for good government, part 4]”

Will your life’s work be a waste? (3 Lessons from Moses to make sure it won’t)

Are you investing in people to take over for you?  Or will your efforts stop with you?  It might be a volunteer position in your church.  It might be a job at work.  It might be a leadership role in your family or on your sports team.  You’ve served and worked and given much ofContinue reading “Will your life’s work be a waste? (3 Lessons from Moses to make sure it won’t)”

4 leadership principles from Moses in Deuteronomy 1

Not too many of us will ever lead a group or organization with a million or more people like Moses did. But just about all of us will have the chance to lead at least a few people.  Parents and grandparents lead their families.  At work you might have some employees you’re responsible for.  OrContinue reading “4 leadership principles from Moses in Deuteronomy 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?”