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26
May

In this podcast I talk about one key, often overlooked, ingredient of mature leaders – prudence. As Proverbs says, “…she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.   Prov. 3:13-15 This is a topic particularly important today with the many conspiracy theories and misinformation around COVID-19 reaching new levels of intensity -both inside and outside the church.  But my passion around this biblical theme comes from a deeper source – that of making so many foolish decisions in my own leadership. How many times did I appoint volunteers and staff too quickly without asking hard questions? How often did I add a new ministry without thinking through the support it would need? How many times did I say yes to a commitment without looking at my calendar? In this podcast, I unpack the word prudence from the book. Read more.

In this podcast, I begin with the reminder that success is becoming the person God has called us to become and doing what God calls us to do. In other words, detaching from the outcomes and circumstances we want, and surrendering to God and his will, is success — regardless of where that takes us. Most of us want the world to unfold in a certain way – clinging to things we love and resisting those we don’t like. Covid-19 has introduced us into a reality that highlights our attachments and invites us to a deep place of surrender. After contrasting Mary’s surrendered will with the apostle Peter and his self-will, I invite you to three things in this podcast: Integrate Silence/Stillness and Surrender as Core to Your Prayer Life.  Surrender to the “Dark ways of God” by Detaching from our Small Ideas of Him. Lead for Jesus out of a Deep Place of. Read more.

This podcast addresses another critical biblical theme for leaders during this Covid-19 pandemic– detachment, that we might follow Jesus, allowing him to birth what he desires in and through us. God has revealed, through this present crisis, our attachment to our plans, our need for security and control, etc. and our strong self-will. In this podcast, I draw from Meister Eckhart, a Dominican theologian, pastor, and scholar from the 13th century in Germany who has done some of the most profound thinking around detachment in church history. He defines detachment as a “cutting off or cutting away” of every created thing to which our self-will has attached itself. As Jesus said, “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39). As Eckhart says: “to be empty of all created things is to be full of God and to be full of created things. Read more.

Surrendering to God’s Season When Life Turns Upside Down Discerning what season you, your family, your ministry, and the world are in right now may be our most important leadership task. Discerning properly our season will determine our priorities, decisions, and pace – for ourselves and our teams. Failing to discern properly will result in all kinds of internal anguish and wasted energy.  That is the theme of this podcast. Scripture teaches us there is a time or season for everything under heaven: To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…a time to plant and a time to uproot…a time to weep and a time to laugh… a time to be silent and a time to speak” (Eccl. 3:1 – 8). I expound on the seasons of Fall (transitions), Winter (death), Spring (fruitfulness), and Summer (abundance), examining, in particular, the winter season in which we now find ourselves. This. Read more.

28
Apr

In this podcast, Geri and I introduce a foundation spiritual practice called the Community Temperature Reading (CTR for short). This is especially relevant as so many of us are under particular relational pressures during the Covid-19 pandemic. When Geri and I became followers of Jesus, we learned a number of spiritual practices, or disciplines, such as Bible study, worship, fasting, and prayer. Their purpose was to mature us in our love for God. We didn’t learn, however, spiritual practices to mature us into great lovers of people. It wasn’t until we hit our own Wall in our marriage that we realized this enormous gap. We also realized people were supposedly growing in love for God, but that this wasn’t translating into greater love for people. People with zeal for Jesus were often defensive, judgmental, critical, unapproachable and unsafe. And that included us! So we began the journey, in 1996, of developing spiritual practices, or skills,. Read more.

21
Apr

Finding Rest While Under Pressure

Posted on April 21st, 2020

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.                                                   Isaiah 30:15 In this podcast, I share a message from Isaiah 36-37 when Israel found herself under enormous pressure surrounded by the armies of Assyria. The year is 703 BC and the entire country is squeezed and weighed down under pressure from this invading army. Hezekiah, Israel’s king, responds brilliantly and leads God’s people to a restful place of trust in the living God – and to a deliverance from their enemies as well! The question, then, is how did he do it? Hezekiah does so in four very specific ways, offering a model for us as we lead amidst the pressure of the Corvid-19 pandemic:. Read more.

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