Humans have a tremendous capacity to bear fruit. Genesis shows us that God has blessed humanity with the ability to “be fruitful and multiply” (Gen 1:28). Although our fruitfulness and our very existence is a gift from God, we frequently serve what God creates, rather than God himself. As the Apostle Paul states in Romans […]
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Making Time for Growth and God
I’m not an early riser. In fact, I’m barely a riser! I will not get up early unless an alarm clock is blaring or my kids are bouncing up and down on my stomach. Unlike most bedside clocks, children do not have a snooze button. If you ever find me up at the crack of […]
Following Jesus the Leader
Luke 6:46-49 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And […]
Radical Faith: Is There Any Other?
The Bible is a radical document. When we read and believe the Word, it messes up our lives. The Word of the Lord will not serve our interests. Scripture was written to advance God’s interests. Consequently, a heavy dose of God’s Word will turn each and ever persons life upside down. This world will try […]
Sometimes Blame the Rebel for the Rebellion, Not the Leader!
It’s easy for pastors to fall into an irrational logic concerning their worth and role as a minister of the gospel. I’ve often joked with fellow ministers about the seemingly thankless role of the senior pastor. If the church grows, God gets all the credit. If the church fails, it’s your fault! Revival is attributed […]
The 5th Avenue Theatre’s David Armstrong and the Seattle Theater Scene
Seattle is one of the top three theater towns in the United States. In this indepth interview the 5th Avenue Theatre’s Executive Producer and Artistic Director, David Armstrong talks about the Seattle theater community with Doug Bursch of Live from Seattle. David Armstrong Interview
You Will Never Win. . . . So Give it Away to a Better Cause.
Unfortunately, neither you nor I won the last big mega-millions jackpot. Since misery loves company, let’s see what we’ve learned. First, we are once again reminded, “You can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket.” More importantly, we’ve learned you won’t win if you do buy a ticket. You say, wait a minute, people win […]
A Biblical Perspective of Visionary Leadership
There have been many words written about vision. From vision casting, to vision statements, to visionaries, the world is full of vision. On many different occasions I’ve been asked to describe my vision or the vision for the church I pastor. My first response is usually an issue of clarification. “What do you mean by […]
Precious stone or kicking stone?
The Scripture says that in Christ each person is a precious stone, a living stone, chosen by God (1 Peter 2:5). Yet when we gaze into the mirror, we often don’t fully see this image. In our spiritual journey, many of us are unwilling to wait long enough for God’s perspective to be revealed in […]