“I want that person’s spouse” – Envy

Photo by Mihai Stefan Photography from Pexels I want their spouse. I want their job. I want their notoriety. I want their well-behaved kids. I want their pedigree. I want their house. I want their influence. I want their skills. I want their discretionary income. I want their gifting in preaching. I want their church because it’s bigger…

4 qualities of Christlikeness from Sam Crabtree’s book Practicing Affirmation – a veritable goldmine.

  Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash Sam Crabtree in Practicing Affirmation focuses on eight but for this post, I’ll simply and briefly share four. Alertness. No one was more alert than Jesus. Think about the calling of Matthew the tax collector in Matthew 9:9-13. Matthew writes that Jesus saw him sitting at the booth; when individuals (including…

3 simple questions I regularly think about regarding my walk with Jesus.

Photo by Emily Morter on Unsplash Each and every time I attend an event that the North American Mission Board facilitates they submit several questions to participants for the purpose of personal engagement. Too often we hear great content but fail to reflect and intentionally think how we can appropriate certain truths or principles into our lives. Questions…

Jesus, give us more men with high Christian character.

Photo by Jack Sharp on Unsplash Craig Hamilton in his book Wisdom in Leadership: the how and why of leading the people you serve writes, “if the leadership skills are the what of leadership, then character is the why and the how behind that what. Character is king because it’s like the filter through which all of your skills…

7 characteristics of competent, capable leadership.

Photo by Jehyun Sung on Unsplash When you think of Jesus he was a great leader, wasn’t He? What are some of the characteristics of Jesus’ leadership? Attracted and equipped people (cities and towns he visited for days, weeks and sometimes even months…invested his life in people) Found and mentored emerging leaders  Engaged in ongoing personal development (through…

5 losses that occur when you embrace the cross of Christ

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Brett McCraken, in Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community states, “to be a Christian is to accept the discomfort of a way of life inspired and empowered by a…