How compassion can get you killed.

When the first stone hit his shoulder, Stephen flinched. As the stones kept coming, he prayed. When he couldn’t stand any more, he dropped to his knees. He asked God to forgive the people who were killing him. And then he died of blunt force trauma to every part of his body. Stephen was recognized […]

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confident humility

I’ve been trying to decide how to write about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Yesterday, I hinted at a feeling of entitlement among the disciples, just a moment of it. I think it was too much of a hint. So I’ll be less subtle. Confidence let Jesus be humble. Deservingness causes humbleness to be needed. […]

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I’m not Paul

As I read through the New Testament, I frequently have wrestled with a frustrating thought: I’m not Paul. Paul sets the standard for the dynamic, confrontive, visionary, genius, self-abasing, persecuted, passionate ministry leader. We love him, we know him, and at times, we really don’t like him. Why? Because he sets a standard that fits […]

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harvest payback

Jesus has a very hard word for leaders: you don’t own, you rent. A quick overview is in order: In Matthew 21:33-46, Jesus covers centuries of history with a simple story of a vineyard. A landowner builds a vineyard, rents it out, and goes away. The tenants (who are the religious leaders) mistreat everyone that […]

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a model of teaching leadership

If you are training people in leadership, how do you help people understand what you are teaching? Consider Jesus’ approach: 1. You could start with a point of passion. Look for what is making them angry. Find an injustice that has them completely furious. Especially if it is an injustice that affects them. “How come […]

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