Abusing Power in Leadership…

...not what you think.

Recently, I attended a global conference on accountability. Logically, one of the first discussions was about the abuse of power by leaders. We had a good discussion on the subject as you might expect and then something special happened. One small group member asked about the abuse of the power of the Holy Spirit in […]

Crisis Leadership…

...no surprise.

Still remaining with issues for what I call crisis leadership, a good leader has an expectation of a crisis. Whether it be product failure, bad press, poor performance or otherwise, the crisis shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. A leader is circumspect in these things, knowing where the chain of operations is weakest and where […]

Crisis Leadership…

...mission critical.

Still thinking of crisis leadership today, I want to draw attention to the need for mission imperatives in the process. Often crisis management involves process and process refinement, if not realignment. These are appropriate directions in working through a crisis, but never paramount. Most important is to retain a focus on the essential objectives of […]

Good Minister

...makes for a good fellowship.

I spoke with a Salvation Army Corps Officer (minister) over the weekend after attending their worship meeting and enjoying a good sermon. He used some interesting ways to present his message for which I commended him. Humbly, he responded with an indication that he is working on improving his sermons. He is studying different methods […]

Last Question

...most important to us.

This is the last question asked by Jesus, recorded in the book of Matthew. It is from Son to Father and it is powerful. Never before had Jesus been separated from the Father. He feels forsaken and asks about it. We know the answer to the question. It was for our sake Jesus was in […]

Why The Salvation Army?

...It started from the Bible.

This is a great set of questions by Jesus that forms the basis of The Salvation Army ministry. Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV) 31  “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32  All the nations will be gathered before him, and […]

Faith…

...a type of investment.

This is an interesting passage with an important question from Jesus. We are to live by faith. That’s how we trust God. Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV) 14  “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15  To one he gave five talents of money, […]

Faithfulness…

...right up there with integrity.

As I see it, integrity is lost without faithfulness. One needs to be dedicated to others and to good causes even to the point of sacrifice. Without cost, faithfulness is simply compliance. Matthew 24:45-51 (NIV) 45“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his […]

Human Accomplishment…

...not permanent.

The accomplishment of a society or culture is often seen in the buildings and artifacts they produce. Great care is exercised in excavating civilizations to best define and discover the significance of that people. When Jesus was walking with His disciples, such a question in the context of perpetuity became prominent in the conversation. Matthew […]

Snakes and Vipers!

...not me, Lord.

In this passage, Jesus is speaking specifically to religious leaders who have perverted to truths of scripture for their own gain and have rejected His teaching. He gets pretty serious here: Matthew 23:33-36 (NIV) 33  “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34  Therefore I am sending you prophets and […]