Inventory Of Our Blessings

I read a book on personal development and business leadership last month.  It is not surprising that the best leadership principles are Christian principles and are easy to trace their biblical roots to the informed Christian.  This book is no exception.  It has nuggets that are and could be helpful

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Sports and Struggle

Did you hear what Clemson University coach Dabo Swinney said after his football team’s decisive victory over Alabama? On national TV, he said his word for the year was JOY: Jesus, Others, and You—as in the order of whom we serve first. After being asked about how it felt to

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New People for a New Generation

During a run on one of my favorite paths a few weeks ago, I happened to encounter a high school cross country team. It’s happened many times over the years. In the old days, I kept pace with the young and thundering runners. I even dared them to try to

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Stories from the Road (Part 3)

You’ll never guess what Cindy and I received during the pastors conferences in October. At one of the sites near the end of our journey, a member of the congregation turned to us and asked, “Do you want a big, stuffed unicorn?” I looked at my wife as her eyes

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Tragedy at Tree of Life

Over the past weeks, I’ve been encouraging pastors and servant leaders to think theologically. As storms rage in the culture, as rhetoric rises to a fever pitch, as we become confused by daunting questions about the Christian’s role in our swiftly changing and dangerous society, and as our hearts break

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Stories from the Road (Part 2)

Who would have thought that the Confessions and my visits with servants of Jesus around the district would teach me this profound truth: “This little Gospel light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine!” The preface to the Book

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LIVING FEARLESSLY: Filled With Purpose

In 1955, Rev. Harry Fricke composed these words: “In fervent gratitude for the Savior’s dying love and His blood-bought gift of redemption we dedicate ourselves to Him with all that we are and have; and in obedience to His call for workers in the harvest fields, we pledge Him our

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