Sustaining the Weary with a Word

Sustaining the Weary with a Word

This isn’t a private message, but it is a deeply personal one. This morning, I opened my Bible to Isaiah 50:4-9, one of the passages assigned for this coming weekend in The Revised Common Lectionary. And God met me there. The first few lines of the passage are: The...
This is No Time to Preach in Neutral

This is No Time to Preach in Neutral

In Dare to Lead, her wonderful book about vulnerability as the key to influential leadership, Brené Brown proclaims a simple and powerful truth, “Clarity is kind.” And on the other side of the same coin, “A lack of clarity is unkind.” In other...
The Three Voices of Effective Pastoral Leadership

The Three Voices of Effective Pastoral Leadership

I grew up in a church where visiting evangelists would scream, then gasp for breath, then scream a little more. They walked around on the stage and sometimes down the aisles, red-faced and often carrying a handkerchief to wipe away the sweat they’d collected on their...
How Worship Changes You From the Inside Out

How Worship Changes You From the Inside Out

God has far greater blessings planned for you in eternity than you’re ready for yet, and one of his primary means of maturing and growing us to be ready is the time we spend with him in personal worship. Isaiah’s story (in chapter 6 of the book by his...
The ONE Thing That Changes Everything

The ONE Thing That Changes Everything

I mentioned in a post about How to Plan a Daily Quiet Time with God that I had read Hal Elrod’s book, Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 am). Hal makes a bold claim – that you can absolutely change your...
3 Pillars of Persuasive Public Speaking

3 Pillars of Persuasive Public Speaking

There is a relationship that exists between a speaker / teacher / preacher and his or her audience. The entire experience is built on three pillars and whether people remember what you say and act on it depends on these three factors: ethos, logos, and pathos. Ethos...
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