One of the qualifications for the “guardians” (overseers) concerns the Christian man’s public reputation among non-Christians. In 1 Tim 3:7, the church is called to evaluate this testimony as a preventive measure in the selection process of a “guardian.”Read more "A Matter of Public Record (1 Tim 3:7)"
John writes to a Christian leader under attack and encourages him to continue to make partners with those who teach the truth. 3 John is a powerful little letter that reminds us to become fellow workers for the truth. It also reminds us that real leaders serve others, they do not seek power.Read more "Studies in 3 John: The Fellowship of the Truth"
Emerging Elders is a perfect balance of scholarship and the heart of a servant attempting to live incarnationally. Incarnational leadership is at the heart of Emerging Elders and calls Christians to develop leaders who lead God’s church biblically and to address the real life problems the people of God face with the most fundamental gift God has given his people agape love.Read more "Book Review: Emerging Elders"
In this book review, I consider a volume that helps its readers know “oneself” and understand the importance of personal integrity, developing vision, finding ways to improve, empowering others, and acknowledging the importance of others with whom we work. This book provides strategies on where to begin and to execute our service at a high level.Read more "Book Review: Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge"
The telephone rings and I answer it. The person on the other end asks the following question: “is the pastor in?” To which I reply, “No, we have no pastors, but I’m an evangelist can I help you?” The phone is silent for a few seconds, often followed with some stuttering; the refrain repeats uneasily, “is the pastor in?” They are seeking the preacher but that is not the preacher’s title, nor description in the New Testament.Read more "“Is the Pastor In?”: A Brief Look at a Misnomer"
I do not have all the reasons why this Christian leader fell from being a fellow worker alongside Paul, to then becoming a defector due to an unhealthy appetite for the things of this world. I believe, however, there are lessons in his story for us all. I hope it is beneficial to your faith.Read more "Lessons to be Learned from Demas"
What a person “says” matters becase it reflects a spiritual truth about a person’s heart. The heart is the touchstone upon which Jesus makes his case for a higher level of spirituality. Consequently, what a person “says” matters because it reflects a spiritual truth about a person’s heart.Read more "Modesty in Speech: Reflecting God’s Image in What We Say"