Empathy Isn’t Theology

"The Struggle is Real" Is Not Theology

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When confronted with a clash between what one believes and what one feels experientially, it is increasingly common to hear someone respond, “I use to believe that, until I met a…”, “Why don’t you get to know a…before you…,“ or, “We don’t have any right to say that if we haven’t walked in their shoes.” Such […]

How Envy Becomes Respect

Getting Past Envy of Other Pastors

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A number of years ago, I sat in an Applebee’s with a fellow minister in our area. It was a typical pastor-lunch-share what’s going on kind of thing. Both of us were considered to be “up and comers.” We were close in age and even among well-meaning men who love the Lord, competition can crop up subtly. His preaching/teaching gifts were ahead of my own, but our church was growing faster than theirs.

Familiarity Breeds Awesome 

A Leadership Lesson from the Thunderbirds

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There’s an old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” I don’t know who coined the phrase or what the circumstances were, but they were wrong for the most part – at least with regards to leadership. From nearly entry vantage point of church leadership, I’ve found familiarity to be an asset. Positive familiarity brings efficiency, trust, and […]