Category Archives: Emerging Leaders

Unless you change and become like little children

Becoming childlike is not a reference to being “innocent as a child” or having the “simple faith of a child”. Jesus is exposing… Continue reading

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Threat to team leadership

Sometimes insecure people will choose subtle ways to compete for leadership or to oppose any authority over them.  Continue reading

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For those who counsel others…

Practical guidelines for being an effective friend when giving counsel to others. Continue reading

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Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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Liabilities in my work

Good words for those who use many words! Continue reading

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Are you a wise and discerning person?

When I began ministry many years ago, a scene out of the life of Solomon greatly influenced me and became my prayer. Continue reading

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After 33 years as a pastor…

After 33 years as a pastor (32 in the same church), I know by experience that the life of a pastor is a continual reminder that God put His “treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power … Continue reading

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Servant-leadership…but….

Jesus set the example of servant-leadership but be careful not to misunderstand what He intended. Continue reading

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Preparing new leaders for helping others

How can we protect new leaders from learning too much by trial and error?
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Four reactions to culture

Wisdom calls us to engage in truth-based dialogue and persuasion in settings like family, work, community and government… Continue reading

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