Leading the Church in a Polarized Era

Yesterday, I published an essay on InfluenceMagazine.com entitled, “Leading the Church in a Polarized Era.” Here is the introduction: Regardless of who wins the presidential election on November 8, you can be sure of one thing: Half of America will be disappointed with, if not outraged by, the results. In nearly 30 years of voting, I have never seen the electorate so polarized about candidates and issues. It has been said that war is the continuation of politics by other means. This year, reversing the terms of that statement seems truer: Politics is the continuation of war by other means. … Continue reading Leading the Church in a Polarized Era

Review of ‘The Art of Inspiration’ by Justina Chen

Justina Chen, The Art of Inspiration: Lead Your Best Story (Seattle, WA: Sparkline Creative, 2016). Every year, I try to read the Bible through from cover to cover. Even though I’m a minister, I find that it’s not an easy task. I often get lost among the “Thou shalt nots” and “So-and-so begats” and “Woe is mes.” Perhaps you’ve had the same experience as a Bible reader. What keeps me going when I get bogged down are the stories. Turn any page in the Bible and you’ll come across a well-told story. Some of the stories are historical, while others … Continue reading Review of ‘The Art of Inspiration’ by Justina Chen