What Grace Feels Like

raging riverThe last few months I have been less consistent in blogging than at any time since I started this blog 3 1/2 years ago.

There is a reason–I have been busier than ever before.

It seems all I do is work and sleep and go to church on Sunday.

It has also been one of the most stressful times in my life. I have more on the line in more ways than at any time in my life while having seemingly less time to consider, manage and attempt to control those things.

I’m a detail-oriented, preparation freak. So lately I’ve felt like I’ve been behind the wheel of a very fast car with my hands on the steering wheel, but they are not steering, just holding on. Continue reading…

Why God Uses Leaders

leadership 3There are many definitions of leadership.

However, at its simplest, leaders are those who influence others to do what they would not otherwise do on their own.

Leadership, like money, is amoral. It can be good or bad. Leaders can influence others to righteousness or wickedness, charity or theft.

A leader can influence people from a position of authority over them, from walking along beside them or from serving them. Consequently, to be a leader you don’t have to be a dynamic charismatic personality who is out in front showing people where to go.  You do, however, have to be willing to be an influencer. Jesus described it as being like salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16). Continue reading…

One Trait All Great Leaders Have

LeadershipI’ve been thinking about leadership a lot lately.

It’s probably because of the uncertainty in my life, as well as the uncertainty of what lies ahead for my church.

My wife and I just sold our home in the suburbs and moved into the heart of downtown in one of the largest cities in the country. We are also in the process of trying to buy a building downtown for my office and shifting the focus of my law practice. Continue reading…

The Irony Of Labor Day

honor laborIt has always seemed ironic to me that we celebrate Labor Day by not working.

I’m not saying we should work on Labor Day–I enjoy a day off as much as the next person–I’m just saying it’s ironic.

Of course Labor Day is not a celebration of work but a holiday established to recognize the contribution of the working man to American society, at least that’s what we are told.

If you’re not an American, I should probably explain that the phrase “working man” does not include all workers. Although it most certainly includes women, in its traditional sense it does not include those in management. Confused yet?

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On The Other Side of Obedience

2013-08-03 09.24.24Well, my wife and I are now fully committed to an adventure that began nearly nine months ago.

We had been talking for some time about building our dream home in the suburbs, but in a moment of clarity decided to pray about it first.

After praying, we came to an unexpected conclusion: downsize and move from the suburbs to downtown.

Ten days ago we made the move, closing on the purchase of a condominium on Main Street, moving the next day and then closing on the sale of our house in the suburbs.

The move came with an abrupt lifestyle change. We left a house with a mahogany custom-built library, in-home fitness room,  along with a swimming pool and tropically landscaped backyard for a condominium in the heart of one of the largest cities in the country—a condominium half the size of the house we left and 25% the size of the house we were planning on building. Continue reading…