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Contrasting Lateral and Vertical Leadership

Through the years I have observed various kinds of leadership styles and methods. Some are effective in certain contexts but greatly limit their reach because of their limited perspective. The purpose of this article is to explore the differences between what I call “Lateral” and “Vertical” leadership. By lateral leadership I am referring to a…

Putting On the Full Armor of God

In the movie Braveheart, William Wallace wants nothing to do with fighting for his people until his own wife is put to death. Often it takes something painful to wake us up to the sober realities of how this world functions. If you were dropped into an arena as a gladiator and had to fight,…

Eight Signs You Are Walking In Integrity

With the changing of times many people are evaluating their lives, including many ministers and leaders who are making vows and resolutions to the Lord. In light of all the scandals in the church and the intense scrutiny all leaders in society are presently under, my proposal is that one of the primary vows leaders…

Eleven Ways Preaching Can Hurt More Than Help

The word of God teaches us that the Lord uses the “foolishness” of preaching to save those who believe (1 Corinthians 1:21) and that God reveals His will regarding eternal life through preaching (Titus 1:4). Hence, we can never overstate the importance of preaching to fulfill the purposes of God on the earth. That being…

Having Hope for New Beginnings

Because all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we all sin and we all need second and third chances ad infinitum! The story of Michael Vick is amazing. About ten years ago he finished serving 18 months in jail. When he got out of prison he was demoted to…

The Incarnation of Christ is a Model For Our Whole Life

For most of my years in the church I only heard about the need for all men to receive Jesus as their Savior (see John 1:12). But, except for the yearly Christmas message related to the birth of Christ, I do not recall ever hearing a message regarding the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among…

When God Pitched His Tent Among Us

There was a very wealthy businessman who was brought up in a very cultured and educated environment. He felt like he was not connecting emotionally with his twelve year-old son. He knew that his son loved the rugged outdoors—getting dirty and playing sports. Even though he had never done this before, to connect with his…

Why We Should Connect Abortion to Sexual Abuse and Crime

The avalanche of accusations highlighting the sexual abuse and harassment of women has resulted in a cultural phenomenon that will forever raise the bar regarding ethics. (Of course, some extreme feminists will use this as an opportunity to disparage all men, and others will merely see this as a way to advance their political agenda….

Contrasting a One-Generational Church and a Multi-Generational Church

We are presently witnessing a transition in ministry across this country. There are many senior pastors who are about to leave the scene and many, if not most, are not ready to pass the baton to someone else! Some of the larger megachurches have an even bigger issue on their hands when their senior leader…

Distinguishing Between Prototypes and Counterfeits in the Church

After being in the pastorate for more than three decades, I am convinced that in every church there are prototype leaders that best express the heart, intentions, and characteristics of the overseeing visionary of a church and/or organization. This prototype is able to think like the visionary leader and be trusted when it comes to…