April 2014

Lead Me On: For We Who Look Around

Do what is yours to do

A fairly famous point-the-finger-in-blame moment started the day Eve handed Adam that piece of fruit and said, "Go for it."

The text doesn't say that he resisted. At all. It reads like this: "Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too" (Genesis 3:6).

Possibly they were honeymooners at that point, so maybe she was really nice about it. "Honey–go for ...

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The Disillusionment Solution

The One Thing Every Leader Needs

We all have moments, as leaders, when we want to give it up. Maybe you just want to hide after someone critiques your event or questions your decisions, when you're weary from holding others up as they fall apart, or when you feel dry and disconnected from God even as you give it all to serve him.

When those moments come, all I want is a one-way ticket out of my zip code–and ...

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Reclaiming Eve: The Identity & Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God

A Book Review

The book:Reclaiming Eve: The Identity & Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God

By Suzanne Burden, Carla Sunberg, and Jamie Wright

Published by Beacon Hill Press

Why I picked up this book:

I had several reasons for picking up this book. For starters, this book is written by three women, Suzanne Burden, Carla Sunberg, and Jamie Wright, who all love the Lord and are faithful students ...

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Part 3: Raising Up Women for Ministry Leadership: Tales from the Trenches

When I resisted handing the reigns to others, I risked worshipping the ministry rather than the Master.

There is no job security in the Kingdom. Jesus promised we'd have both trouble and blessings. He said that we could ask and receive. He told us not to be fearful or anxious. In fact, Jesus had a great many things to say to his followers–but not once did he guarantee tenure to those who were doing Kingdom work.

If we truly want our efforts to have a spiritual impact, the where, ...

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Part 2: Raising Up Women for Ministry Leadership: Tales from the Trenches

When I kept my mouth shut, the Holy Spirit led my team to a new depth of unity

Christians are not distinguished from others by our faith. Faith can be found throughout a variety of religious sects. Rather, God intended for us to stand out to this struggling world by our love.

The deep and powerful commandment of the Lord to "love one another" has often been interpreted in one of two ways: either it's the "love is patient, love is kind" crowd who believe ...

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Raising Up Women for Ministry Leadership: Tales from the Trenches, Part 1

For my group of women leaders, the real challenge was not getting to a place of vulnerability; it was going beyond

Vulnerability. Transparency. Authenticity. Words so trail-blazing a scant decade ago are now on the verge of becoming little more than the latest ingredients in a cookie-cutter formula for producing modern-day Christian leaders.

Why would I make such an audacious claim? Because these terms are so ingrained in the day-to-day language of current church development that we're ...

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Jesus' Outreach Strategy Is Not Like Ours

He renames and remakes sinners–and we can join him

Recently, I was a guest at a beautiful Nashville farm property belonging to a popular Christian recording artist. When the other guests were talking about life on the road as a well-coiffed Southern Gospel musician or a gospel-announcing evangelist or a tattooed Christian rock star, I could only smile and nod, very aware that I was, technically, not counted as one of their ...

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Don’t Be a Victim of Your Intellect

I learned I could lead with my strength or be led by the Spirit

It wasn't until I began attending my new church that I realized much of my ministry life has been directed by my own ideas and capabilities and not by total reliance on God. I have always endeavored to "do good" or to "lift a helping hand." While my motivations were inspired by my love for God and people, I often signed up for ministries and assignments based on my desire ...

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