We have two dogs at home and they are pretty good at getting what they want. They get food, pats, play, fresh bones and walks. They never are aggressive and always loving. It does not matter what happens, they are happy to see you. They gently use love, cuteness and persuasion to get their way.… … Continue reading How do you get what you want?
Keep learning to follow.
Thanks for reading these posts from Hosea 4. If you've missed any of them, please refer to previous posts. As we continue in this passage in Hosea, God is still speaking to the spiritual leaders of his people and reveals he's rejecting those leaders because they stopped following God. “My people are destroyed for lack … Continue reading Keep learning to follow.
Keep learning about the community.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”Hosea 4:6 NKJV http://bible.com/114/hos.4.6.nkjv None of us want to be the leader that God rejects because we … Continue reading Keep learning about the community.
Keep learning about culture.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Hosea 4:6 NKJV http://bible.com/114/hos.4.6.nkjv This verse makes me shudder. As a minister and leader, I would … Continue reading Keep learning about culture.
Planning, planning, planning.
For last few weeks I've been wanting a standing desk. What is that, you ask? It's literally a desk tall enough for a person to stand and work rather than sitting all day. So, last week I visited a few furniture stores and office furniture stores looking to price a standing desk. I found two … Continue reading Planning, planning, planning.
The Heart to Lead
Recently, our church held a Clergy Appreciation Service and personally, it marked eight years for me as a pastor. Eight years! That got me thinking. So, I've "Googled" average pastor tenure and several sites say the average is three to four years. Think about that. On average, in less than five years, the pastor and … Continue reading The Heart to Lead
Good Morning Baltimore
The movie "Hairspray" opens with the song "Good Morning Baltimore". It's a happy song about the finer points of the city. But as the movie progresses, the very serious issues of body image discrimination and racial segregation take front stage. In the end, it takes a galvanizing leader and a courageous teenager to open the … Continue reading Good Morning Baltimore
Correcting with Grace
When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him. (Luke … Continue reading Correcting with Grace
He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known. (Proverbs 10:9 NKJV) Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed. (Proverbs 10:9 MSG) As a leader, how would your followers describe you? Proverbs 10:9 describes two extremes of what of person or leader can … Continue reading Leading Ways
Sweep the Path
So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might … Continue reading Sweep the Path