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 »

  • The Irresistible Revolution

    There are a lot of books nowadays that talk about what is wrong with the church, but Claiborne shows and tells howthe church really can embrace it’s true calling.  Claiborne’s writing is simple, but beautiful, captivating the heart and mind.  Without a doubt, this book has impacted my views on money and possessions, serving the… Read more »

  • Mark Driscoll on American Idolatry

    I would say that American idolatry goes beyond even entertainment, but an entire mentality of self-idolization.

  • Austin’s ’emergent’ Christians finding a new path

    I was surprised and encouraged to see this article featuring Vox Veniae Church in Austin, TX about how they are breaking from traditional church expressions and innovating to bring the Gospel to the community. Even more interesting is that the church originally began as a church plant off of a traditional Chinese Baptist church in… Read more »

  • A Quiet Strength

    Tony Dungy’s bio, Quiet Strengthhas become a runaway hit, going into its 8th printing and staying in the New York Times bestsellers list for over 7 weeks. I got this book for my birthday and finished it two days. Its a great read with lots of insights about the unique life of a pro football… Read more »

  • The Power of Encouragment

    Reading thiswell written post by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, reminded me of how often as a leader I am more critical than encouraging. How much better would it be if we were continual encouragers as God repeatedly reminds us. There would be a powerful impact on the lives of our fellow co-workers as… Read more »

  • Asia’s growing influence on youth culture

    Mark Oestreicher, the president of Youth Specialties, reflects on the rise of asian youth culture as a world influencer and its implications on the youth ministry in the west. The west is no longer the primary influencer of youth trends worldwide Asian youth culture’s influence is growing through technology as well as sheer population growth… Read more »

  • Tim Hughes – Holding Nothing Back

    I love this new cd from Tim Hughes. While not as well known as his Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin, Hughes has written many songs that are staples of contemporary worship including “Here I Am to Worship” and “Consuming Fire”. His songs from this album “Everything”, “Clinging to the Cross”, and “Highest and Greatest” have… Read more »

  • Mark Driscoll – "A good soldier"

    I’ve recently been hooked on reading Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He is definitely not your typical pastor, but is well known for making a huge impact on the city and unreached community of Seattle. His book, “Confessions of a Reformission Rev.” is worth reading if for nothing else than it… Read more »

  • Militant atheism on the rise

    A disturbing trend that is permeating across the nation is the concept that religion in any form is responsible for many, if not all, of the evils in this world.  Go to any discussion forum on the internet and this viewpoint is quite evident, as is the growing popularity of books denouncing religion, as discussed in this… Read more »

  • Practically Speaking Podcast

    Andy Stanley has a great 7-part podcast on practical leadership skillsavailible for free. I recently took a personal retreat and listened to almost all the episodes in one afternoon. The best thing I took from it was that we all have our ideas of “success” in ministry. Even though we craft carefully vision/mission statements, in… Read more »