Making Jesus Accessible

  • Is Peace Possible?

    Is Peace Possible?

    Those of us who aspire to follow Jesus know that we are blessed when we become peacemakers. Not simply people who keep the peace (that’s the United Nations’ job) but making peace. Ultimately we realize that only the King can truly make peace, and as his envoys, we work together with Him to achieve that ultimate dream.

    In the meantime (as we work to reconcile hearts to God through Christ) we also seek the peace of the nations through any means available. Israelis and Palestinians are longing for that peace.

    Here are the issues on the table in order for a solution to be reached:

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  • Mumford and Sons leading Worship?

    Two weekends ago, my son Jon and I (and one of his friends) flew down to Austin, Texas to see a Mumford and Sons concert. Well, actually we went to see my friend Ted Dekker and stay at his house – and…we all went to the concert.

    Ted and I had a little deal. I’d get us free tickets and backstage passes to hang out with Marcus Mumford (since I know him) and Ted would pay for our whole trip. It worked brilliantly.

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  • Vacation Needed!

    I’m tired. Pooped. Not quite in the “drained” or “exhausted” category. Definitely not burned out. Just really tired.

    Here’s the deal – I LOVE what I do. I love my wife and kids. (They even seem to love me). I love my neighbors and my friends and the Middle East and speaking at churches, and conferences and writing and developing a website, and hosting conferences and developing six University courses, and….Okay. You got the picture. And that’s my problem.

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  • Myth #5 – Leaders have to be Upfront

    One of the most surprising models of leadership I’ve ever encountered is that of Doug Coe. He leads from the Third Chair. From behind. At the National Prayer Breakfast in DC each year – he’s unseen. Literally, unless you have an appointment with him, you will not see him. He’s never on stage. He’ll sometimes slip in the back quietly and leave quietly. But he’s been the prime mover of this event (and much of what happens from it) for 40 years or more.

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  • “Christian Leader” Myth #4 – It’s a Business

    I’m not sure what it was like being a “leader” in a Christian setting before the 1980’s, since I hadn’t led anything before then. But I clearly remember the 80’s and 90’s being full of teaching on “the business of leadership.” Most of my pastor and ministry friends were constantly reading books by businessmen. “From Good to Great” by Jim Collins or anything by Tom Peters, Jack Welch or other successful business leaders was held in the highest regard by my Christian ministry friends – and, therefore, by me.

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  • 3rd Myth of a “Christian Leader”

    Leaders Lead.

    That was a John Maxwell-ism that I, and everyone else I know, has bought into. Quotes like “You’ll know when you’re a leader, when you look behind you and people are following.” Sounds right. But is it?

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  • The Ripple Effect of Everyday Peacemaking

    When peace is simplistically defined as “tranquility” one could conclude that it’s attainable through displays of power.

    Here’s what I mean…

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  • Stay Busy! Christian Leadership Myth #2

    No one ever taught me this myth directly, but I sure picked it up from those I admired. I have a whole set of “leader” friends who are busy. Very busy. They glorify business – and therefore, so do I.

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  • 5 Myths of “Christian Leadership”

    Christian Leadership Myth #1.

    As you know, I rant on and on about how we use language. I do that because I’ve seen the ill affects in my own life of adopting agreed upon terms and assuming we all knew what they meant, only to find out later that almost no one agreed on the definition or even understood the term itself.

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  • Who’s in your Neighbor’s Basement?

    The outrage against Ariel Castro for kidnapping, raping and keeping three girls (now women) in his basement for ten years as if they were dogs is surely justified. In fact, even if they had been dogs – the person would still go to jail. It’s almost unthinkable.

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