The Seven “Ships” of Leadership

On this Memorial Day, it is good to remember the vital contribution to leadership thought contributed by those charged with guiding, leading, and commanding others in the most trying circumstances. Leadership indicates one who is out in front, navigating choppy and uncertain waters, charting the course for those under their charge. These fine military minds give […]

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I like big “BUTS” and I cannot lie

When the song, “I like big butts and I cannot lie was at its zenith and featured in Disney’s brilliant animation, Shrek, I wanted to use that phrase as a sermon title. BUT caution got the better of me. So, here I am, all these years later, randomly remembering that the biggest—and best— “buts” the world will […]

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Dear Preacher: Do you really speak for God?

Dear Preacher, I have a thing or two to say to you. In church Sunday, the preacher I was listening to was talking about how to listen to a sermon. He was teaching us how to listen to him and apply what he told us. I powerfully resisted the inclination to consider how self-serving such […]

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An Old Preacher’s Admonition: Please, Quit!

Years ago, when I was a young pastor in California, some well-meaning chowderhead gave me a book titled, Dear Preacher, Please Quit!  (If you were that chowderhead, I apologize…for not telling you sooner.) The book’s author was no Rhodes’ scholar. Nor was he much of a theologian. Nor was he a writer. His name was […]

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