Do you aspire to be a spiritual leader? I’ve never been a stranger to ambition. Since childhood I’ve wanted to fix the world and punish fools. Fortunately, since then, the Lord has shown me that I would fall among the fools if I tried. Yet, the desire to make a difference has lived on. Those
Earlier this week I led a team training on the StrengthsFinder assessment, a popular tool for discovering and naming personality strengths. The assessment is based on the work of Don Clifton, a psychologist whose ideas on leadership have proved so influential that they are now commonplace. Clifton argued that, instead of trying to shore up weaknesses, people should focus on working and leading from their strengths. There’s more than
Sometimes, life is disappointing. Lately, I learned that one of my high school friends just got divorced. Most of the children of a pastor influential in my childhood are hostile to the Lord. And if I lose my stainless-steel straw anytime in the next year, I might as well have been using plastic the whole time. I aired
In just a few weeks, I will marry the most beautiful woman in the world. Sophia Smith can laugh without words. When she smiles with her eyes, a room rings reminiscent of sleigh bells on Christmas; wonder of wonders, I hear it said, “this gift is for you.” But of course, it
When you think of the marketplace giants in the nineteenth century, few people loom as large as John D. Rockefeller. His company, Standard Oil, serves as the foundation of our modern anti-trust legislation, the set of laws that exist to prevent the creation of monopolies and regulate anti-competitive business behavior. And yet, for all his ruthlessness in business, Rockefeller also considered himself a devout Christian.
When I was a teenager, I read Mark Cahill’s One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven. The title of the book refers to evangelism: In heaven, there won’t be anyone who doesn’t know Jesus to share the good news with. The time to change lives for eternity is now! Despite Cahill’s winsome
You’re on the treadmill doing some light cardio to finish off a Tuesday morning workout next to your believing gym-buddy Melissa. Chatting about plans for the weekend, Melissa comments, “Lent starts on Monday.” “Lent?” you repeat, bemused. “Yes, for the Orthodox, Lent starts on a Monday,” she says. “You’re probably used to
Soft sunlight flooding your room at the crack of dawn whispers the fresh promises of a new day. The trees slowly stir and dance for joy as the wind jostles their branches; they clap as the sun rises, awakening the dawn with silent swayings of joy. “Out of Zion, the perfection of
The primary function of the church is not evangelism, but to be a place for the dwelling of God on the earth. This requires that people grow and receive God and occupy their place with God. That would have a natural effect of evangelism. — Dallas Willard, "Rethinking Evangelism" As we let Christ tend the … Continue reading Why Mission Central?