The Venn Diagram of Leadership

I think every leader feels the same tension. On the one hand, there’s the things we want to be doing for the organization. Thinking about the horizons, anticipating new obstacles, planning for new opportunities. On the other hand, there’s the things we need to be doing for the organization. Offering encouragement. Developing new leaders. Having tough…

The Opportunity Equation

It’s a pretty simple formula:  humility + ability = opportunity. If you don’t have the ability, there are simply some opportunities you’re not going to be offered. Maybe you need to work harder or maybe you need to come to grips with what you’re wired for.  But if you’re not an effective leader of 5…

Facing the Future

Our church just celebrated its 75th anniversary. That’s a big deal to me, but maybe not for the reasons you suspect. What I love about my church (Mission Hills) is that we see all of God’s past faithfulness as a reminder of His future faithfulness. We see the past as a foundation for the future.…

Can we really “build” God’s Kingdom?

I get asked this question pretty frequently, usually in response to me challenging Christians to live missionally and be involved in “building the Kingdom.” It’s a very reasonable question, and a humble one. The heart behind it is basically “It’s God’s Kingdom, so isn’t in arrogant to think that we can build it? Isn’t that…

Troublesome Truth

Manuscript from this past week’s message from James 5:1-6 at Mission Hills Church: The Case for Condemnation Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify…

Pursuit & Pity

 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (James 2:5) I suspect that James wrote these words while thinking of what he’d seen of God in his…

The Lord of the Donkey (a pre-Easter thought)

As Jesus neared Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he sent two disciples ahead to a small village along the route, telling them to retrieve a donkey and her previously unridden colt they would find there. Anticipating that the owners would have some questions about what the disciples were doing, he instructed them to say “The Lord needs them”.…

Do all roads lead to God?

I’ve been hearing this question a lot recently. It’s an old thought, this idea that all roads lead to God, but I suspect that The Shack movie has given it new life recently, with its implicit universalism. (For the record, I’m not an anti-Shackian…it had some excellent insights into God’s nature that are perfectly biblical.…