The Leader’s Notebook

The Leader’s Notebook

Join me for an intriguing interview with Chris Maxwell from Emmanuel College. This is one seriously creative man who has dealt with and overcomes brain damage and epilepsy. One of his secret weapons will really surprise you.  —Dr. Mark Rutland  CLICK HERE FOR THE...
Listening. Much Listening.

Listening. Much Listening.

I’ve been doing a lot of listening. Counseling students before they leave for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Engaged in conversations with pastors who are struggling to adjust to this new season of life and ministry. Hearing stories from others who are battling life with...
A Brief Important Reminder

A Brief Important Reminder

Sad news comes to us. Often. Bad news stays nearby. Always. But amid the difficult days, I pray we remember the good opportunities we have. I hope we live well while alive. What can we do? *Love one another.*Be kind to people no matter how they treat...
A Brief Important Reminder

Let Change Begin with Us

Summer is nearing her end. Schedules change. But how are we changing? What decisions are we making to bring healthy change? We find it easy to complain about others. Are we doing what we should to let change begin with us? Here are a few suggestions from chapters 13,...
Faith and Wisdom

Faith and Wisdom

From the book Pause for Pastors: Finding Still Waters in the Storm of Ministry. I believe in the balanced diet of faith and reason. I reject selecting one of those components while rejecting the other. Most groups and individuals—most pastors and churches—accentuate...
Relationships are Risky but Needed

Relationships are Risky but Needed

Yes, relationships are risky. And painful. And reminders of previous pains. But they are crucial to becoming who we should be. Let’s not avoid relational risk. Let’s invest in the lives of those around us. I love reading the stories of Jesus spending time with His...