A Sobering Observation

A Sobering Observation

Read the Gospels carefully and you’ll see that Jesus’ most contentious relationships were with the religious leaders of his day. For those of us who believe that Jesus was God incarnate, that leads to a sobering observation: those who claimed to know God...
Lampstands and Lethargy

Lampstands and Lethargy

(excerpt from a recent message at Mission Hills. You can view the entire message here) Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will...
The Venn Diagram of Leadership

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...
The Opportunity Equation

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...
Facing the Future

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...
Can we really “build” God’s Kingdom?

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...
Troublesome Truth

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...
Pursuit & Pity

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...
Why comfort must always be viewed with suspicion

Why comfort must always be viewed with suspicion

It’s a simple reality that we can easily forget: those places we are most comfortable are precisely the places we’re most likely to be disobedient. Am I comfortable in my marriage because things are going pretty good? I’m probably not listening for...
Never Mistake Past Success for Present Calling

Never Mistake Past Success for Present Calling

I can’t remember if it was Andy Stanley or Craig Groeschel (or maybe both) who said that the greatest danger to future success is present success. I couldn’t agree more. But I’ll take it a step further: great success in what God has called us to in...