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 […]

More than Vision…

...It takes commitment.

I love visionary people. The imagination soars with possibilities yet unseen. A new world. A new solution. A new way to go. Exciting realities. Promising results. Hope realized…and more… Yes. I admit. I am there. It all becomes a dream without commitment. Then it turns into …I wished we had… We should have… Imagine if […]

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 […]

Crisis Leadersip…

...not just management.

While tempted to write a few words about crisis management, I prefer to think and comment on crisis leadership. Crisis management is keeping peace in turbulent times. Crisis leadership is smoothing the waters and taking advantage of the crisis for added benefit. Here’s a simple example of how that looks: A product is determined to […]

Bureaucracy

...and still get it all done.

I work in an amazing movement known as The Salvation Army, which is, by necessity a large bureaucracy. Like many other organizations large and small, we endure and enjoy the many distinctives and requirements for careful administration of mission in service to God and people. Many of these procedures seem unnecessary and time wasting, but 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 […]