The Final Secret: Part 5

2 Corinthians 6:2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[a] I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. The key to this is just putting Him first. We talk about the timing of […]

Walmart Gets It…Do you?

Walmart gets it.  They have factories, they make products – that’s their message.  But they also have trucks, shipping containers, delivery drivers; all of which are only concerned with delivering their product to you, via the local store.  But they didn’t just build a store and expect people to come out.  They marketed, they made […]

The Sign of the Rainbow: Grace and the Homosexual Community

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lmFpxQS9OfQ] I regularly receive questions regarding issues of what I call “practical” grace.  Lately some of the most common questions have dealt with grace and homosexuality.  Many pastors have chosen to shy away from answering similar questions, due to the immense controversy, but I personally believe that as this issue continues to gain increased attention […]

Flying Cockroaches

Who would have thought that you could learn something from a cockroach? We arrived in Mexico last night after a long day of travel. Overall the trip was smooth, other than the usual Chicago traffic and a lost bag upon arrival; nothing we can’t do without for a day or two. Our hosts were waiting […]

The Power of a Humble Heart

There is perhaps nothing more powerful than a humble heart.  Humility, the most misunderstood of all virtues, is the ability to accept and acknowledge God’s opinion and perspective in our lives.  This is where the power lies.  The moment I accept and embrace God’s perspective, I share in his strength and am able to flow […]

Staff Envy

As a church planter, I  spent several of our first years planting very jealous, but perhaps not about what one might think.  I think most would assume that pastors would be jealous about attendance or perhaps money or buildings or something, but not me.  I was jealous of other churches’ staffs.  There I was, with […]

Charisma Online

Check out this great article from J. Lee Grady with Charisma online.  It’s great advice to young leaders today. http://www.charismamag.com/fireinmybones/Columns/show.php

A Different Type of Leadership

I was reading through the book of Luke this morning and came across this passage.  “And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.  And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.  […]