Humility? Forget About It


When I think of humility, my mind immediately goes to figures like Mother Teresa, Ghandi or even Nelson Mandela. It has got to be one of those intangible traits I admire every time it’s exhibited by a leader.

Mother Teresa in a Calcutta orphanage, 1979. Bettmann / Corbis

But what is it really? And how do we get it?

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When a Leader Repents


Repentance is a regular day at office for the humble leader. Granted it’s not an easy day. It’s downright hard for leaders (especially me) to admit they are wrong.

It’s even harder for them (especially me, again) to ask for forgiveness. Continue reading

Got Mentor?


Today I am off to Africa to spend time with fellow leaders committed to equipping this generation to be disciples who make disciples. As I prepare to go, I am reminded of how important it is to have a ‘life on life’ mentoring relationship with someone else.

We do not disciple the masses; neither did Jesus.  Continue reading

The 3rd Element


Bruce Springsteen said that a song requires three things: a lyric, a melody and a 3rd element. “Unless you have that and touch that, you have not created something special, something real, something lasting.” (in a live interview with Elvis Costello on Spectacle April 2010).

What is that 3rd element missing in most songs? Continue reading

Small Church – Big Mission


Tears flowed down his cheeks as the pastor opened the service. He announced that, as a church, they had chosen to complete the fund raising needs for a recent MB Mission global church planting team. I listened in awe as the pastor explained to all in attendance their role in reaching the unreached. Here before them was an opportunity to participate in the God’s mission story on the other side of the globe in one of the of neediest countries. Continue reading

My Beef With Bullies


When my son Zachary is punched in the nose, everyone within a ½ mile radius hears his huge screams and rushes to their door to help.

Unfortunately it’s becoming far too common a scene, Zachary taking the brunt of a bully’s cruelty. A scene I regret to say makes my blood boil. Continue reading

That You May Know


This morning with a cup of coffee in my hand, the living Word in the other, I read 1 John 5:13-20. I underlined 6 instances where the words “that you may know” were recorded. John knew his audience, much like us today, experience times of uncertainty, conflicting opinions, and even doubts (yes I admit to doubting now and then).

John says, I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know… Continue reading