Glimmers of the Season

GLIMMERS OF THE SEASON “Once Upon a Town” by Bob Greene is an amazing story of community. During days when freedom as we know it was seriously at risk, North Platte, Nebraska was a train stop for troops traveling from the western US to the European theater of WWII and from the east to the […]

The Daniel Calling

The Daniel Calling   In the mid-90s, during prayer, I began receiving an understanding about a call of God defining unique spiritual leaders in the marketplace. With no promotions… and nothing more than my connections, a simple web-site and a small email list, I begin sending out pithy articles describing what I was gleaning in […]

The Secret Places

The Secret Places   For as long as I can remember, phoniness and pretense have turned me off. On the other hand, trust and being real in relationships is something I value highly. My wife has long noted the caliber of the long-term relationships I consider myself blessed to having. Hers is one of my […]

Bitter Root Alliances

BITTER ROOT ALLIANCES   Several years ago I was witness to a sequence of interpersonal interactions in a ministry setting that never should have happened among believers. It involved offenses. These offenses became the catalyst to setting in motion one of the most devilish compoundings of the flesh I have ever witnessed.  Although repeated apologies […]

The Wealth Transfer Revisited

THE WEALTH TRANSFER REVISITED   The wealth transfer has hit the charts, now a regular part of pop Christian culture chatter. Companies are being birthed with the vision of creating vast amounts of money destined to build the church, with a crescendo to advance the final harvest.  Committed business owners are tapping opportunities with unusual […]

Wellspring of Authority

WELLSPRING OF AUTHORITY From the beginning, Christians have had a tendency to be spiritually blindsided. Of notable consequence has been majoring in minors, while minoring in the essentials. In addressing this issue, Paul insightfully encouraged applying an essential foundation: to bear one another’s burdens. Applied as it should, this foundation nurtures the wellspring of authority […]

The Sound Mind

THE SOUND MIND Jesus linked spiritual maturity to a person’s thinking. Such was His rebuke of Peter at the Mount of Transfiguration, for jumping to short-sighted, religious conclusions. Clearly, there was more required of the mantle Peter was destined to wield. It was a mantle requiring not only the wisdom of maturity, but the wholeness […]

Without Pretense

WITHOUT PRETENSE He honored me with his trust. These words summed up my relationship with my 21 year-old grandson, who was killed in late 2006. In his short life, he had been exposed to an inordinate level of hypocrisy and deceit, within a “churchianity” context. His heart-cry was for reality and truth, which he did […]

Dangerous and Relevant

Dangerous and Relevant Dangerous and relevant was how a close friend recently summed up the season we’ve just entered. I’ve described it as toxic, but he’s right. It goes beyond toxic and has indeed become dangerous. It’s the spiritual atmosphere. It is the culture. It impacts our very thinking. In facing this reality, our task […]

Is There Time?

IS THERE TIME?   As an author, with a key segment of my readers among seasoned Christian leaders and intercessors, I once questioned whether the crunch of everyday living and the demands of regularly speed-reading vast amounts of information didn’t result in a plague of spiritual A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder), even among such an elite […]