Review of ‘Lead So Others Can Follow’ by James T. Bradford

James T. Bradford, Lead So Others Can Follow: 12 Practices and Principles for Ministry (Springfield, MO: Salubris Resources, 2015). In the course of my ministry, Jim Bradford has been my boss, mentor, colleague, and friend. So, you will understand what I mean when I say I cannot be “objective” about his most recent book. I am not objective about him. He’s the real deal—a God-centered, Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled leader. Unsurprisingly, then, I think Lead So Others Can Follow is a great primer on Christian leadership. While my endorsement of the book is colored by my respect for the author, that respect … Continue reading Review of ‘Lead So Others Can Follow’ by James T. Bradford

Review of ‘Inside Out’ by Rich and Robyn Wilkerson

Rich and Robyn Wilkerson, Inside Out: How Everyday People Become Extraordinary Leaders (Springfield, MO: Salubris Resources, 2015). What qualities characterize extraordinary leaders, ones who make a decisive impact on the lives of their followers? Often, we turn to the rich, powerful, and famous to answer these questions, under the assumption that leadership requires prominence of that sort. But as Rich and Robyn Wilkerson point out in their new book, everyday people often make the most extraordinary leaders. The Wilkersons copastor Trinity Church, a multicultural, Assemblies of God megachurch in Miami, Florida. They also cofounded the Peacemakers Family Center, an innovative, … Continue reading Review of ‘Inside Out’ by Rich and Robyn Wilkerson

#InfluencePodcast with Alicia Britt Chole

As executive editor of Influence magazine, I have the privilege of interviewing Christian leaders on a wide variety of topics. Here’s my podcast interview with Alicia Britt Chole, author of 40 Days of Decrease. The focus of this podcast is decluttering the soul by means of fasting, not just fasting food, but also fasting unChristlike attitudes and actions. Continue reading #InfluencePodcast with Alicia Britt Chole

Review of ’40 Days of Decrease’ by Alicia Britt Chole

Alice Britt Chole, 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger, A Different Kind of Fast (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2016). Sometimes, it takes a crisis to force us to think deeply about life, what matters most, what deserves our best efforts. Alicia Britt Chole (pronounced SHOW-lee) opens her new book with a personal health scare. “A high fever, a few scans, multiple masses, possibly a lethal abcess…the specialists convened, conferred, counseled me to cancel all engagements and began cutting.” Doctors released her from the hospital eight days after surgery. One specialist said, point blank, “At this point, I … Continue reading Review of ’40 Days of Decrease’ by Alicia Britt Chole

Review of ‘When Words Hurt’ by Warren D. Bullock

Warren D. Bullock, When Words Hurt: Helping Godly Leaders Respond Wisely to Criticism (Springfield, MO: Salubris Resources, 2016). Ministers receive more than their fair share of unwarranted affirmation. When was the last time, for example, you launched a stinker from the pulpit but still got a “Good sermon, Pastor!” from one of your congregants on their way out the front door? We get praise we haven’t deserved. By the same token, we get blame we haven’t deserved too. When was the last time a deacon chewed you out for an expenditure in the church budget, conveniently forgetting that they had … Continue reading Review of ‘When Words Hurt’ by Warren D. Bullock

Review of ‘Love Kindness’ by Barry H. Corey

Barry H. Corey, Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2016). Few things set off heated arguments on my Facebook timeline like posts about politics. Never in my lifetime have disagreements among friends—well, Facebook “friends”—been so sharp, so heated, so personal, and so deep. Even the language used is extreme: People aren’t just upset, they’re outraged. They don’t just disagree with someone else’s beliefs, they destroy her arguments. They don’t think she’s a nice person in the other political party, they think she’s a fool who belongs to an evil organization. And the … Continue reading Review of ‘Love Kindness’ by Barry H. Corey