Like a Child

“Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. For there is no professional childlikeness (Matt. 18: 3); there is no professional tenderheartedness (Eph. 4: 32); there is no professional panting after God… Read more »

Authority and the Young Leader

These are some helpful thoughts for young leaders.  I wish I learned some of these lessons earlier.  Some of these lessons I am still learning. Integrity is your greatest asset. You cannot magically create ministry experience that will convince older generations that you can be savvy at deacons’ meetings and sensitive at a deathbed. But… Read more »

The Sound of Worship

One sleepless night wandering the internet, I came across one of the most amazing worship videos. It was one of the latest live recordings from Hillsong capturing a massive stadium filled with thousands of people going absolutely all-out in worshiping God. It must have been utterly overwhelming to witness. Part of me longed for a… Read more »

Today’s youth: “Give me something to fight for!”

  As I write this the KONY 2012 video is about to break 72 million views.   By now you know the story of Invisible Children’s campaign and the passion of people who support it and the detractors who discredit the movement. Whether we condone it or reject it, few can deny what this that this… Read more »

Dave Gibbons, "Church Misfit"

Dave Gibbons, the lead pastor at Newsong church in Irvine, CA, is someone I admire because he is doing it right.  Not because he has a huge mega-church.  Not because he is famous or on magazine covers.  Not because he is edgy or radical.  But because he is building a church that serves Jesus. “In… Read more »

My Interview with MC Jin

I’ve been following MC Jin for years now, and with the recent changes in his life, I though I would try to contact him. To my surprise, he got my email was gracious enough to write back. As you may know, MC Jin rose to fame by winning on BET’s 106 & Park’s “Freestyle Friday”… Read more »

Stop Trying to be a Success

Consciously or subconsciously, pastors and other ministry leaders often fall into the trap of trying to define ourselves through accomplishments.  Even if we don’t express it outwardly, our hearts can easily begin to focus on unimportant measures such as numbers, attention, or even financial abundance. These thoughts by Pastor Steven Furtick reminded me of a… Read more »

Phil Jackson on Leadership

I came across this great leadership insight from a Bill Simmon’s reflections on a personal interview with basketball coach Phil Jackson who has won 11 NBA championship titles and coached greats such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Steve Kerr told me once that what made Jackson special – and Popovich too – was that… Read more »

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The faith of Soul Surfer

A few months ago, I was invited to a special pastor’s screening of the new faith based film, Soul Surfer, based on the life of Bethany Hamilton, a Christian teenager surfing champ whose life was dramatically changed by a shark attack. Like many Christian movies today, it arrived with heavy marketing to churches and leaders…. Read more »

Finding Real Vacation

As the summer draws near, here are some helpful thoughts from John Eldredge (author of great books Wild at Heart and Walking with God). First, we really need vacations, just as we really need Sabbath rest each week. There’s a rhythm to life. The heart beats, then it rests. It beats, then rests. We wake… Read more »

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  • The marketing of worship

    I was recently browsing worship music website when I saw this ad (see the original animated version here): Here is a moment of worship from a famous worship leader, branded and commercialized to sell a product.  It is no surprise that secular marketers are tapping into the profit potential of the worship movement with all… Read more »

  • Do Hard Things

    I recently purchased a whole stack of “Do Hard Things” for our youth leaders to read for this year as part of their training. It is a great book, written by two teenagers (brothers of Joshua Harris of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” fame). The book basically challenges teens to look beyond the low expectations society… Read more »

  • Best Worship Band ever!

    This video illustration from Bluefish made me lol. They have a lot of other good videos including their take on the Christian movie industry.

  • Death of the Bulletin

    This church took an interesting step in eliminating the weekly bulletin and replacing it with a monthly version. This not only cut printing costs, but forced leaders to be more organized in their planning and efficient in communication. Sometimes its hard to let go of “we’ve always done it this way,” but often doing so… Read more »

  • Get to work

    “If you wait for God to do big stuff in your life, you may be waiting until Jesus comes. He simply does not operate like that. He wants you to be willing to be hidden and unknown, unappreciated, unheralded, and unthanked – if necessary – in order to do what He wants you to do.”… Read more »

  • Bibles for the Olympics

    The Chicago Tribune has an interesting series on the growth of Christianity in China.  Included is this slideshow about one of the factories printing 5 million Bibles a year. At a time when Christianity in Western Europe is dwindling, China’s believers are redrawing the world’s religious map with a growing community already exceeding all the… Read more »

  • What could the church do with 1 million dollars?

    A few years back, when Francis Chan’s church was booming in membership and budget, they were planning on a new $20 million dollar building project for a new sanctuary. However, one of the church’s core values was modeling Christ’s love for the poor. They came to the conclusion that it would be dishonoring to God… Read more »

  • Francis Chan and ethnicity

    I have a feeling that Francis Chan will be one of the most influential leaders of this generation. The interesting thing is that Chan is a Chinese American, serving in a largely non-Asian context (at his church and in Passion Conferences). I think God has used his background to open doors for him as a… Read more »

  • Meet Francis Chan

    One of the pastors that I have recently grown to admire is Francis Chan, pastor of Cornerstone Simi Church. Chan is probably best known for his video “Just Stop and Think” and his association with Passion Conference. I listen to a lot of pastors who challenge me want to follow God, but Chan has a… Read more »

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    In case you’ve tried subscribing in the past and weren’t getting new posts, I’ve tweaked some things on the timliu.org rss feed so it should be updating correctly now. Now all I have to do is do some actual posting. Haha. You can subscribe to the post here.