Remember: Hurt People Hurt People

Remember: Hurt People Hurt People

It’s easy to react to whatever we see on the surface of someone’s behavior. It’s much harder to see through the words and the emotion to the heart of a fellow human. The Apostle Peter gave us a game plan for dealing with difficult people. The first...
What’s Holding You Back? Unresolved Pain

What’s Holding You Back? Unresolved Pain

At one of the earliest jobs I worked, I pressed a button on the front of a fireproof file cabinet containing some important files that I needed access to several times per day. The only problem was, there was no key. I found myself in the office of the company’s...
Your Pain Always Has a Point

Your Pain Always Has a Point

A. W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” Tozer wrote those words in a previous generation of Christianity. He did not intend to imply that God wishes to cause pain in the lives of his...
The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure

The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure

As I write this, we’re three days from our church’s big Grand Opening at our new location. Our church is seven years old. We’ve met in an office, a hotel, a college campus, two movie theaters, and for the last three years, a leased location. Almost a...
The Best Leaders Are Broken Leaders

The Best Leaders Are Broken Leaders

I am broken. I lead a community of broken people called a church. And we often say, unapologetically, that we are a community of the broken who have good news for the broken. Don’t misunderstand. I don’t mean that we’re “broken” in the...
Growth is Change, and Change Starts with the Leader

Growth is Change, and Change Starts with the Leader

Organizations that change, grow. Organizations that won’t change, won’t grow. That’s because growth is change. By its very definition, growth takes place when things change, and only when things change. Different organizations need to change in...
Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family

Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family

I’ve started to write this post quite a few times, and each time, I’ve deleted it. It’s hard to know what to say when someone you admire and love goes through something as tragic as what Rick and Kay Warren have endured the last few days. Their son,...

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