10 Skills Necessary to Be Effective in the 21st Century American Mission Field

Holy Bible And Cross On American Flag

“There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.” ― Michel de Montaigne Pastors and leaders who lose their curiosity about life and the pursuit of knowledge will quickly lose connection and relevance with their […]

Why Some Preachers Get Better and Others Don’t

Why some preachers never get better.

Understanding God’s calling on your life is a difficult thing. I’ve heard the story told several times during my career of men who believed they were following God’s calling only to realize years later that they had been wrong. Preaching is one of those double-edged swords that can either confirm for a man God’s calling […]

2016: When Does A Tumultuous Year Become An Historic Year?

Tumultuous Times

Even casual historians are recognizing 2016 as a year of consequence. There are times when events seem to begin to cascade upon themselves, each gaining greater momentum. We are living in such a time as this. Nothing clarifies the significance of this year’s events more than a quick glance at the “breaking news” events covered by […]

Bullet-point Notes from the 2016 Family Leadership Summit

Family Leadership Summit 2016

Family Leadership Summit 2016 Below are some bullet-point notes I took during the 2016 Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines, IA. Bob Vander Plaats Think Bigger | Watch the Video Mission/Survival Matrix. As the focus on survival increases, the emphasis on the mission decreases. Matthew 6:33 priority is God is King, His Righteousness, All Things. […]