Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership Part 2

The first four pillars for servant leadership are basics that could also be requirements for most leadership, and for basic servant leadership.  The next three pillars are marks of exceptional servant leadership. The fifth pillar is foresight: “having a sense...
Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership, Part 1

Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership, Part 1

There are many kinds of leaders and ways to use power.  Jesus showed us using great power for others in contrast to the religious and secular leaders focused in his time on using power over others.  Some leaders lead in pursuit of their own well-being and some leaders...

Stewardship, Mission and Service, and Freedom

During our Stewardship and Finance meeting this morning, the task of completing the goal-setting form for M&S resulted in a discussion about Mission and Service and communication.  To me, stewardship is part of exercising our freedom from slavery.  One common form...
No Fear:  Message March 18 2018

No Fear: Message March 18 2018

My message for Sunday, March 18, titled,”No Fear” used Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33 as its starting point.  Like a deer caught in headlights, any organization that allows fear to control its decision-making will lose.  It is important in a rapidly...

The Danger of Success in the present or past

I went to a website article about 10 Reasons Why Churches do not Grow, and one line caught my eye  “The greatest enemy of your future success is your current success.”  I first heard this theme watching a Peter Drucker video back in 2001.  Peter Drucker,...

Mission and Service and True Freedom and Stewardship

I was just looking at the Mission and Service Goal-Setting form for St. Andrew’s and remembered some of my past thoughts on stewardship. One is a misunderstanding many people have about giving.  When we give to family, these are not true gifts as our family...

Reflections based on ‘We Refused to Lead a Dying Church”

I returned to We Refused to Lead A Dying Church on an impulse when looking for a devotional for the staff meeting last week, and have been rereading the stories in this book about congregations with near-death experiences. Paul Nixon, the author, set out the following...

International Women’s Day and the Church

On this International Women’s Day, here are some reflections on the history of women in the church and their experiences of equality and inequality. During his ministry, Jesus relied on financial support from a group of women.  During the first 20 to 30 years...
New Discussion Group on Vexatious Verses

New Discussion Group on Vexatious Verses

Improving weather means it might be worthwhile trying discussion groups again on Tuesday mornings at 10.  What I would like to host are discussions of vexatious verses like Luke 14:26 and Ecclesiastes 3:9 and 3:18-22.  We continue meeting in the Great Room.  If you...
More About the Milk River Trip June 22 to 24

More About the Milk River Trip June 22 to 24

Here is more information about the Milk River Trip, June 22 to 24.  The following plans are subject to negotiation. Day 1 of the proposed Milk River Trip: First encounter with an incredible landscape. Bonnie and I will leave Friday morning with our Camper Van and Car...