Turn or Burn

September 13, 2014 — 1 Comment

“The Wrath of God is coming on all flesh. This world is going away! Baseball is going away!”

These were the words of a “turn or burn” street preacher I heard at a recent baseball game while in the United States.

As he went on, I literally had to walk away because tears were forming in my eyes.

wrath preacher

I was not upset baseball was going away.
I was so grieved at this man’s approach to evangelism.

I wonder how effective he is?

Does someone rush up to him and express a desire to repent?
Or does he elicit one of two responses: Laughter or Anger.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for evangelism.

I do believe in sin, judgment, and the wrath of God as expressed in Romans 1. God’s wrath is not a pleasant topic, yet it is in part of the character and nature of God.

Crucial Conversations

September 9, 2014 — Leave a comment

“Often when it matters most we tend to do our worst.”

Joseph Grenney, the author of Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, spoke recently at the Global Leadership Summit.

He suggests we ask ourselves what crucial conversation we are not holding or not holding well. When a conflict arises or a tough situation presents itself, how do we move through those conversations?

- At work do we tip-toe around certain people or issues rather than dealing with them in love?
– In marriage, are areas of finances, sex, or the in-laws out-of-bounds?
– With our children, do certain subjects always end up in frustration or arguments?

“We will either talk these things out or we will act it out.”

 We have all seen when there is a monkey in the room which never is discussed. We end up acting on this, making things worse.

“The highest calling of leadership is to unlock the potential of others.”

This was spoken by Carly Fiorina at the recent Global Leadership Summit I attended. She is the former CEO of HP and now heads up several non profits. She was one of the most impressive speakers in a star-studded lineup.

I love her focus on leadership being geared towards developing others.

So many of our corporate, political, and even religious leadership examples are self focused. Focusing on developing others is actually is common sense.

Fiorina shared, “An organization cannot achieve potential unless people in it achieve theirs.”

Without developing people, our team will never reach the heights possible.

Releasing leaders includes delegation with trust, a humility to see the potential in others, and having a plan of succession so your organization outlive you.

Do you feel like you could never be a hero like those we read about in the Bible? 

You hear sermon after sermon on their successes and faith, but it seems an impossible level to attain. Italmost as if they were not real people, walking around with halos on the head.

Take Abraham for example. He has faith to go to an unknown land, a belief in the promise of a future son, and at the end of his life a trust in God which was willing to have the long ago promised son taken away.

These are all positive and good pictures of Abraham, but as with all Biblical heroes, he has a dark side.

Right after making the bold step to enter a land which was unknown, purely on obedience, we see Abraham walking in zero trust when out of fear he lies about Sarah being his wife.

A Legacy Mindset

August 25, 2014

“Humility has to be a value to learn and increase your influence.”

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit. Bill Hybels gave the opening talk. This was my first time hearing Bill and he had a lot of great information for gracious leaders.

Bill pointed out that humility enables us to learn from each other.

He went on to speak about great leadership being by definition relentlessly developmental. This would be both personally, but especially developing the next generation.

Hybels then turned to a look at John 10, comparing short-term (hireling leaders) versus long-term (owners).

John 10:11-13
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and qI lay down my life for the sheep.”