Plan to Advance

...where there is no plan, the people perish.

Wouldn’t it be nice if a happy life just happened in the course of the day? The same could be said for corporate endeavors. We have a good product, it will sell itself… In most cases, endeavors and hopes will default to diminishing returns if left alone. The truth is we can find joy and […]

Trusting…

...not so hard.

Years ago, we were confronted with: “God is dead.” While it’s not true, it represented a strong stream of thinking in our culture. Should we be surprised that the cover of Time Magazine April 3, 2017, which I have not read, asks the question,”Is truth dead?” I see it as a natural out flow from […]

Decisive Leadership

...need now more than ever.

In any circle of management, ministry, or teamwork, we need decisive leadership. I recall one of my mentors saying, “I might not always be right, but I’m always decisive.” I’d follow him most anywhere. The truth is, indecisive leadership isn’t always right either, but particularly hard to follow. America, as always is in need of […]

Worship the Lord

...every day.

It’s a beautiful day to worship the Lord. This means a great deal to believers who enjoy being together to thank God for His provision. So we should approach the experience with constructive anticipation and joy. Just think, singing songs of delight, being with other positively impacted people by God, seeking the grace of God. […]

How Far Would You Drive to Church?

...more than miles.

I recall counseling a couple who wanted to buy their first home. One of the issues was that they couldn’t afford a home anywhere near their church. For various reasons I strongly encouraged them to rethink their decision as their church was important to them and they were important to their church. I suppose the […]

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 […]

Still On Track…

...more than ever.

Having read an article today that challenges the veracity of The Salvation Army, it occurs to me that it might be time for a reminder about what we do and how it’s going. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its […]

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, […]