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 »

  • Asian American Christians on Campus

    Article in the Washington Post about campus groups reaching out to Chinese “Christian missionary fellowships are working hard at Washington area campuses, reaching out to the next generation of China’s best and brightest. The missionaries hope to convert the students, or at least to make them comfortable with the Christian faith, which is under the… Read more »

  • This is so wrong

    (warning: some bad nsfw language toward the end) (via dklee123) So is this.

  • faith browser

    I initially installed this firefox extension and theme just to be funny but now i’m kinda hooked on it. Its actually pretty nicely designed. Another nice little tool i use a lot in firefox is the Biblegateway Search Engine plug-in available here.

  • greenhouses

    In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble–because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (in some degree) the kind of voluntary death… Read more »

  • Hillsong United We Stand

    I’ve never been one to jump on the Hillsongs United bandwagon, but after having this cd for a few weeks, i’ve listened to it nearly every single day, and don’t know if i’ve ever been so ministered to by one cd. ok, that’s a pretty extreme recommendation, but I really love this album. One thing… Read more »

  • Playlist heard around the world

    In a ritual dating to the Gemini program of the mid-1960s, astronauts awake not to alarms but to music chosen by family or friends… The songs may seem frivolous, but the astronauts welcome them as moments of good cheer during their hectic assignments, says astronaut Mario Runco, who’s not part of the Discovery crew. As… Read more »

  • Hip-Hop Liturgies

    Popular Christian music styles have always paralleled the sound of secular hits, from grunge to techno. Now hip-hop is finding its way into the liturgies of traditional churches. The white, middle-aged Rev. Timothy (Poppa T) Holder doesn’t look like someone who would shout “Holla back!” in his priestly blessing. But, noticing the power and ubiquity… Read more »

  • Be a Local Hero – Interview with Aaron Shust

    A good interview with Aaron Shust, who has a great hit single, My Savior, My God. Your have a huge radio single, topping several different charts, over 50,000 albums sold, numerous tours—were these aspirations you had? Shust: Maybe. If it were an aspiration, it was subconscious, subliminal. I have a lot of people coming to… Read more »

  • Be One

    A nice translation of Philippians 2:1-4 from the Message. “If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree… Read more »

  • The Whole Bible in 5 Minutes

    This is a neat resource that summarizes all the books of the Bible into short, often clever lessons. Its a great way to get a good overview of the major themes of the entire Bible. Some samples:   The Book of Leviticus How to approach God is vital Cleanliness can depict godliness Holiness is a… Read more »