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 […]

Mission…

...utmost importance.

More important than structure, organization or accountability is mission. Of course all are important to the mission, but secondary to it. The mission represents purpose, intention, plans and dreams. It is in missional terms that we measure the effectiveness of a company, organization, or movement. In the USA Western Territory of The Salvation Army, we […]

Olympic Gold

...more losers than winners.

Aren’t we all enjoying the Olympics? And aren’t we all becoming experts on these sporting events? I admit I am only seeing one side of the games because our perspective is greatly influenced by American television. I take no issue with the network as I expect they are playing to their largest audience. I’m sure, […]

Music

...it speaks to the soul.

There are many people who have stepped away from the faith, but still love the music. I can think of many Salvationists who aren’t worshipping God in a fellowship, but will think holy thoughts whenever they hear a Salvation Army Band recording. I bumped into one such person in the last week who came to […]

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 […]

Remission

...a good word.

If you or someone you know is dealing with cancer, the word remission is a welcomed relief. Does it mean one is cured? No. Does it mean that you’re in the clear? Not really. It means that all cancer indicators are dormant and that the cancer is not active. In a recent meeting with my oncologist, […]

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 […]

Redemption…

...not rebellion.

There’s a part of us, especially when we are young that is keen to consider rebellion. There are things and systems that seem unfair to us. We are often cast in a qualification or status that is not always what we believe is to our advantage. Matthew 26:55-56 (NIV) 55  At that time Jesus said to […]

Perspective…

...not reaction

In these days, we are being challenged on many fronts about our positions on matters political, racial, and personal. I am amazed at how quickly we can judge and categorize people by mere mention of a perspective. In this incident with Jesus we witness a disciple’s reaction to a dire circumstance with no reference to […]

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 […]