Confidence vs. Arrogance: Are You a Bully? A Wimp? Or a Warrior?

Confidence vs. Arrogance: Are You a Bully? A Wimp? Or a Warrior?

I coach leaders. I’m a pastor and have helped other pastors with leadership issues for a long time now. And one of the most common struggles I see in pastors is the fear of being confident. A lot of Christians have been taught that humility and confidence are...
How Can I Be Legalism Free?

How Can I Be Legalism Free?

I like rules, lines, and boundaries. I feel safer if I have clear parameters, which explains my love for graph paper. I like it when everything is nice and tidy. The problem is, life isn’t always nice and tidy. People around me don’t always play by my...
Sometimes I Feel Like Giving Up, But I Know Better

Sometimes I Feel Like Giving Up, But I Know Better

Sometimes, I feel tired. Sometimes, I feel that I’m spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere, and that I’m failing to meet the expectations of others. Sometimes I feel bogged down in things that need doing, and I feel inadequate to the tasks that loom...
Stop Being Poor – 6 Tips for Improving Your Personal Finances

Stop Being Poor – 6 Tips for Improving Your Personal Finances

Is it really possible to just stop being poor? Not always. There are places in this world where there are no opportunities to pursue, no jobs to work, and no resources to multiply. Generational poverty is sometimes caused by a lack of natural resources, corrupt...
Who Are You, Exactly? The Art of Knowing Yourself

Who Are You, Exactly? The Art of Knowing Yourself

You may not remember the musical group, The Turtles, but you probably remember one of their more famous songs. Do these words ring a bell? Me and you and you and me No matter how they toss the dice It had to be The only one for me is you And you for me So happy...
Powerful Prayers Happen When We Partner Together with God

Powerful Prayers Happen When We Partner Together with God

Want to pray powerful prayers? Charles Spurgeon once said, “Prayer moves the arm that moves the world.” One of my mentors, Grady Higgs, often says that “nothing heavenly happens on earth without prayer.” In other words, there are things God is...
How to Experience the Four Dimensions of Personal Growth

How to Experience the Four Dimensions of Personal Growth

I originally titled this post Boldly Growing Where No Man Has Grown Before. Sorry Trekies. I couldn’t resist. I’ve previously argued that life isn’t about perfection. It isn’t even about progress, in and of itself. Life is about embracing...
How to Have a Better, Bolder 2017: Embrace the Process

How to Have a Better, Bolder 2017: Embrace the Process

New Year’s is magical for most of us. January 1 holds almost mystical powers for us. It’s okay. It’s a new year. All the stuff I wrecked and messed up this year is now in the past. And everything I meant to do but didn’t will certainly get...
The Kind of Old-Time Religion the Church Really Needs

The Kind of Old-Time Religion the Church Really Needs

I’m writing this article to a generation that might never have heard the old song, Old Time Religion (so I included a clip from an old movie, Sergeant York, for you). I grew up in an old-fashioned church. We had an old building, built in 1833, and an old...
Living Under Grace Is So Much Better

Living Under Grace Is So Much Better

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me… Even though none of us actually plays by the rules (according to Romans 3:10, 23), we still try rather hard to do so. We’ve all sinned and fallen short, but in our broken condition, we just...