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“To the degree you face and name and deal with your failures as a leader, to that same extent you will create an environment conducive to growing and retaining productive and committed relationships in ministry. Sometimes the quickest path up is down, and likewise, the surest success comes through being honest about failure.” Dan Allender […]

five on Friday

“Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.”  AW Tozer, from The Pursuit of God. 1 Seven habits of highly effective mentors. Indeed.  […]

five on Friday

“You don’t follow Jesus like you follow someone on twitter, where you are free to take or leave their thoughts at your leisure. Following Jesus is not letting Him come into your life to be an influence. Following Jesus means submitting to Him in all areas at all times regardless of whether you agree with […]

five on Friday

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”  J.R.R. Tolkien 1 And if you don’t burn for the church, don’t lead a church. That’s my take on a sparky write, earlier this week.  […]

smiles from this week…..

Group cycling, aka spinning is a reflection of the fall…..but it’s working for me in a love-hate kind of way. The opposite of transformation is probably transaction. And we’re made for so much more than this…… A church that tries to recruit, offering the details of 69 planned management mtgs per year, will understandably struggle to attract Acts 2 […]

paid

“You said, how much?!” is what I called my talk from Matthew 20 today. I was cornered again by the impact that grace makes. Heres the audio file. The parable of the vineyard workers is a deeply unlikeable & profound gospel challenge! The kingdom of God, is not founded on the quality of the people in it, […]

no-body

“Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the […]

questions

They are so often the pathway to life. Questions are the very best challenge whether on the giving or receiving end. Great questions create pathways and new life. Whether with friends, mentors or my spiritual director, I’m blessed by these. And I love to push out questions for those I get to serve. Yes, life is filled with […]

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“The Messiah wrapped in a servant’s grimy towel is not giving up power. He is restoring it to its original purpose, cleansed of its distortions—the power to love a lovely and loveless world to the uttermost. None of his power is reserved for carefully guarding privilege or meticulously accounting for status; every bit of it […]

today….

I unpacked a little of Genesis 41 v 1-41 today. It’s a great mix of fatted calves, grain options, dreams and all else. And no I didn’t linger too much with this but amidst my raw reflections there’s much about faithfulness,  direction, dreams, and more than a few bumps along the way. My three big ideas […]

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