Lessons from Lance Armstrong’s Lies

Part-1 of Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah that aired yesterday provides rare and valuable insight into the way many highly accomplished but self-centered leaders think and operate. Full-length videos of the interview aren't officially released and aren't staying online long, but if the one here still works or you are able to locate it you …

Remember the miller’s donkey

Few things are as confusing and painful as trying to glorify God and help people, but then finding that someone is displeased with your actions. But some people aren't going to be pleased no matter what we do. As Jesus once observed, "John [the Baptist] came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ The …

On-Fire

It’s amazing what one person inflamed by the Spirit of God can accomplish. My wife and I lead a weekly youth outreach in our home. This week we had a guest speaker – a young man named Drew who just returned from six-months of missionary training. Drew is now as on-fire for Jesus as just …

Process

Too often, we focus on achieving, when we should be paying attention to process. The question is not, “When will things be different?” It is, “What is one thing I can do today to get a bit closer to the difference that God desires for me?” This approach takes the pressure off me (enabling me …

Lonely? Good.

Ever feel lonely? A.W. Tozer said (The Saint Must Walk Alone) that we who follow the Lord should feel alone ... displaced in this world ... increasingly isolated from others as we press closer to Him. In fact, if we don't sometimes feel lonely, maybe we are too in love with this world. I love it when …

Oh Fudge

It's Christmas and I have done many things fitting for the day that we honor Christ's human birth - I read a few more pages in a classic biography about an incredibly devout pastor (Robert Murray M'Cheyne, by Andrew Bonar), I spent time in the Bible with my wife and kids, and now we're getting ready to watch a biblical movie (The Nativity Story). All …

Theology – or Knowing God?

I am troubled by my observation that many people (dare I say most people?) I have known who developed a strong interest in theology (literally meaning "the knowledge of God")  also seemed to become disgustingly arrogant, judgmental, and unloving at the same time. Furthermore, their degree of offense in this regard seemed to grow in …