10 Things I Learned From Preaching On Homosexuality

Over the last two Sundays I preached two sermons on homosexuality, based on Romans 1:26-27. The two messages were really more like one long one spread out over two weeks. The first week was “A Theology of Homosexuality” and the second was “A Christian Attitude Toward Homosexuality.” Here’s what I learned from preaching on homosexuality:Continue reading “10 Things I Learned From Preaching On Homosexuality”

What is Ministry Success?

This question is on the mind of every pastor I know: What is ministry success? Seasoned pastor Kent Hughes shares his personal story of wrestling with this question and the biblical answers he found. It’s a powerful, must-watch/listen message. Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome—26 Years Later from Desiring God on Vimeo. Click here toContinue reading “What is Ministry Success?”

Why I Skipped Church Yesterday

A few months ago my dad was notified that he would be inducted into the Cherry Creek Baseball Hall of Fame for his years of multi-faceted service to the program. He was surprised to receive such an honor. At first he downplayed it a bit, partly because he has a difficult time receiving recognition and alsoContinue reading “Why I Skipped Church Yesterday”

Lessons from Les Misérables

This post is probably a few weeks late, but perhaps that will allow for more people to have seen the incredible film adaptation of Les Misérables and appreciate these lessons. I have loved Les Misérables for a long time in play form and was thrilled by the film version. While the singing was not as naturallyContinue reading “Lessons from Les Misérables”

Leadership Lessons from Restaurant Impossible

Over the Christmas holidays my daughter and I were sucked in to a show I had never watched — Restaurant: Impossible. We were sitting around and, next thing I knew, we’d watched two or three episodes in a row. I learned some valuable leadership lessons in the process. In case you’re unfamiliar with the show,Continue reading “Leadership Lessons from Restaurant Impossible”

2 is Better Than 1

We’re about to finish our fourth year of ministry since planting Redemption Gateway. Through that time, we’ve had many different volunteer leaders in a variety of roles. Through it all, we’ve learned a valuable lesson: When it comes to volunteer leaders, 2 is better than 1. It’s better to have two volunteers lead the teamContinue reading “2 is Better Than 1”

Trump

FOCUS ON PEOPLE trumps FOCUS ON TASKS WHAT YOU KNOW trumps WHAT YOU FEEL STEADY OBEDIENCE trumps FLASHES OF GREATNESS THOUGHTFUL SYSTEMS trump HOPING IT TURNS OUT WELL LOVING YOUR FAMILY trumps LOVING THE MINISTRY TRAINING LEADERS trumps RECRUITING LEADERS SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE trumps CLEVERNESS DENYING YOURSELF trumps FORFEITING YOUR SOUL LEADERSHIP trumps BLAMING FOLLOWERS GIVING trumps RECEIVING PRAYER trumps PLANNING ATTITUDE trumps ABILITY CALLING trumps POTENTIAL NEWS trumps ADVICE EXPERIENCEContinue reading “Trump”

The Obvious Secret to Christian Leadership

Here it is: Without a vibrant relationship with Jesus, you can’t lead others to Jesus. It’s so obvious that it feels stupid to even write. But it’s something I have to remind myself and our team of constantly. It’s so easy to do ministry for Jesus without doing it with Jesus. It’s common for leadersContinue reading “The Obvious Secret to Christian Leadership”