Apostolic Conflict

Apostolic Conflict

      Imagine a scenario in which two widely known and well respected ministerial leaders have a serious conflict over which associate to hire, so serious in fact that they end their professional association and go their separate ways. Each then hires his own...
Mission, Vision, and Energy

Mission, Vision, and Energy

First of all, I’m not opposed to mission statements. There. I’ve said that.  However, having said it, I hasten to add there is little energy in a mission statement.                           “Loving God, Loving People”                   ...
Witches Without Feathers

Witches Without Feathers

When, after a long recess in missions, I came back to pastor again in America, I was asked not infrequently if I was ever afraid in Africa. My answer was always, “Not so desperately or so often as I am now.” If you want to be really afraid, pastor an American...
Baca: Valley of Tears

Baca: Valley of Tears

There are equal and opposite errors with respect to the Valley of Baca. On the one hand are those particularly irritating “faith” preachers, so called, who claim that a true saint has no business in the Valley of Baca. They are not only boorish but shallow and...

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