How To Inherit The Earth

How To Inherit The Earth: Submitting Ourselves to a Servant Savior by Scott Bessenecker, the Associate Director for Missions for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, is simply the best book I’ve read in years on spiritual influence. I wish I had understood and practiced the things that he unpacks in this small book about the ways of …

Leaders, not lords

This post, exposing a controlling model of spiritual leadership and proposing a more Christ-like alternative, borrows from chapter 5 of “Learning Leadership Lessons from 2 Corinthians.” The tendency toward dictatorial leadership is nothing new. Spiritual leaders have always been tempted to try to control and coerce people for one reason or another. The sincere, albeit …

Swimming for two

In a previous post I described a prophetic dream I had. Remember, there was a young, overweight boy that jumped on my back to carry him to the other side of a public pool and then, after a short gasp of breath, back again. I was wearing a flappy shirt, which made the journey even …

The flappy shirt

We have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom, but according to God’s grace. 2 Corinthians 1:12 My friend Robby has a plaque in his office that says, “The leader knows the way, …

What Tess Taught Me

The following is the 21st chapter of my essay on Learning Leadership Lessons from 2 Corinthians, called:  “Leaders see people through their potential in Christ.”        And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.   16 …