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10 Reasons Why Humility is Vital to Great Leadership

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Quickly think of five common traits of high-impact leaders… good time management, assertiveness, drive, energy, charisma, etc. Humility rarely lands in the list when it comes to our modern, top-down management systems. But Jesus (the greatest leader ever) and Moses (perhaps the second) had this one thought in mind – great leaders don’t have power over people, but power under people by way of humility.

Humility may be a forgotten virtue in conversations about leadership today, but I believe it’s absolutely essential to having long-term, broad-range impact. Here are some reasons why…

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Stop Preaching About All the Good People In the Bible!

Old BibleThere are no “good” people in the Bible – at least not in the theological sense – except for Jesus. Everybody else is wrecked and ruined by sin and desperately in need of a Savior. So the way we have traditionally approached character-based sermons has a tremendous flaw. Here’s the traditional approach…


  1. Tell the story of a Bible character.
  2. Highlight the good stuff they did.
  3. Challenge people to follow their examples.

I’ve done plenty of that kind of preaching in my life in ministry, and I wish I could go back and re-preach them all from a totally different perspective. There are some major flaws with this kind of preaching. First of all, it’s moralism. It gives the idea that we can, in our own power, actually DO the good things we see the characters doing. But we can’t. We don’t. We fail repeatedly.

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3 Tension-Filled Issues That Don’t Destroy My Faith

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I believe in Jesus. I believe he is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God who came from heaven to earth, put on flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth. I believe he died on the cross to provide a substitutionary atonement for our sins and then rose again from the dead to rule and reign as King over a kingdom not of this world. He started the church, his body and bride, and commissioned her to share the good news about him and his kingship until he returns someday from heaven to fix everything that is wrong with this world.

You might not believe all of this, or any of this, and that’s your choice. You may struggle to buy any of this because of what Christians have done, what science has taught us, or where logic takes your mind. As for me, I’ve struggled with all kinds of questions over the years and have always returned with a faith stronger than before.

For the sake of those teetering on the edge of a decision about what to do with this Jesus… Or for those who have walked away from the faith for one reason or another… And even for believers who have been afraid your faith is too fragile to be open to difficult questions… I want to openly mention some tension-filled issues that have yet to wreck my faith.

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117 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 5.16.57 PMI know. 117 is a LOT! It’s too many, in fact. But I’ve done a lot more reading and bookmarking and haven’t posted in three weeks. So, pick out the meat and spit out the bones…

Four Benefits to Admitting Your Mistakes

There’s a secret ingredient that builds community faster than anything else: admitting our mistakes. But why in the world would anybody risk honesty? Because it’s worth the risk.

12 Startling Benefits of Long Term Thinking in Ministry

I have never been more excited to put a tool in the hand of church leaders. God Dreams is my fourth book and I’m currently in the writing home stretch with Warren Bird, who’s been a amazing collaborator.

What $5 Per Day Will Buy You on Facebook Ads

Paid advertising on Facebook seems to be one of the most immediate ways to impact the reach of your content. Though it’s not without its questions. How well does it work? What kind of engagement do you get?

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That Time God Told a Man to Kill His Only Son

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Our culture has bought into this strange notion that we are ever-evolving in our enlightenment and everyone who is old and dead is dumb. Everything we thought pre-Elvis is primitive and ignorant. So ancient story about God visiting an old man named Abraham and instructing him to sacrifice his teenaged son Isaac on an altar with a knife is downright offensive to our modern sensibilities. It’s one of those stories skeptics zero in on to illustrate the outlandish nature of God’s brutality.

And I’ll admit, I’ve often struggled with the story. Human sacrifice is certainly out of line with everything else that God has revealed and seems to break several of the big ten commandments. Could the story really be the account of a senile old man hallucinating? Or was God just that mean back then? But my doubts seem to wash away when I realize what’s really going on in the story, found in Genesis, chapter 22. And when I get it, I’m overwhelmed with the nature of God’s grace.

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