Might: Organizational, personal and positional influence sources are appropriately used to make decisions and influence people

The Church And The Scapegoat Pattern

I find myself frequently surprised by how many people are unaware that the word “scapegoat” has biblical origins. Or how the term is foundational to the understanding of Jesus’s crucifixion. Further, how few recognize just how prevalent “scapegoating” is in the church. For example, when things go south, pastors routinely blame the lack of lay leadership or the ineffectiveness of... Continue Reading

Leading From Behind Is Not A Contradiction

Leading from behind sounds like a contradiction in terms. But, Kelly Wendorff of EQUUS Inspired, says that horses effectively do just that. “The lead horse positions themselves behind the ones they want to guide or lead and literally pushes them ahead. The reason for this is it allows the horses being led to be in front so they can gain... Continue Reading

Oneness As A Stage Of Spiritual Growth

In recent weeks we have written about “oneness with God’ in the articles: What Is Oneness With God?, What Does The Bible Say About Oneness?, and a Guided Meditation On Oneness With God. In this article we share how the journey toward oneness with God can be viewed as one of the stages of spiritual growth. Stages Of Spiritual Growth... Continue Reading

Guided Meditation On Oneness With God

In recent weeks we have examined the background and meaning of oneness. Experiencing oneness with God can become a wonderful spiritual practice to those who seek it. Below, James Finley offers a simple guided meditation to awaken us to our oneness with God. When you sit in meditation, your breathing naturally slows. Quietly focusing your attention on your breathing is... Continue Reading

What Is Oneness With God?

We live in a part of New Mexico that was formed by ancient volcanoes, leaving a legacy of beautiful rock formations. While hiking, we often find rocks where several colors have merged to become a part of the same rock. Rocks with streaks of red, black, white, and yellow become a beautiful metaphor for the oneness God desires for His... Continue Reading

Two Types of Judging – Condemning and Evaluating

In recent posts we have been examining the definitions and differences in using judgment, being judgmental, and what the Bible says about judging others. In this article we use Jesus as our hermeneutic to mine the meaning of judging. “Thou shalt not judge” is a phrase that Christians hear frequently, from believers as well as non-believers. Both groups tend to... Continue Reading

What Does The Bible Really Say About Judging Others?

In our last post we examined the definitions, examples, and differences in using good judgment and being judgmental. In this article we take a look at specifically what the Bible says and means about judging others. Jesus’ command not to judge others is one of the most widely quoted of His sayings, even though it is frequently quoted in disregard... Continue Reading

Is There A Difference In Being Judgmental And Using Your Judgment?

It’s a complicated question…..one I have wrestled with as I often question, as an individual and as a church leader, whether I am being judgmental or simply using my God-given judgment. Scripture surely helps, and we will examine what the Bible says in our next post. But, to begin with I have found that determining clear definitions and guidelines helps.... Continue Reading

The Ancient/New Spiritual Practice Of Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a simple form of Christian meditation rooted in the spiritual practices of early desert monastics and mystics such as Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. The contemporary Centering Prayer movement has been popularized by the writings of Trappist monks Thomas Keating, William Menninger, and Basil Pennington. Father Thomas Keating emphasizes the source of centering payer,... Continue Reading

Leadership Is Not What It Seems

Regularly reading and watching the news makes it hard not to become cynical about current political, business, organizational, sports, and church leaders. People of all stripes are beginning to question and argue what leadership means, the qualities that make an effective leader, and the behaviors that are permissible for leaders. Many are jaded by the term itself, and for good... Continue Reading

Ushering In The Spirit Through Our Leaving

In recent months several of my friends in local church ministry have left their positions, some voluntarily, some forced. Inevitably, these are seasons of anxiousness about the future but also about the ministry and relationships we leave behind. This has reminded me that it is often in our departure that the Spirit of God is manifested. For example, at the... Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses Referencing Silence

I have written before about the value of practicing silence as a spiritual discipline. By and large I find evangelicals prefer extroverted and action oriented expressions of faith, so silence is not something we have traditionally placed a lot of emphasis on. That is why it is a joy to watch those who come to our Casita in rural Northern... Continue Reading