Oct 3, 2013

The Hard Work of the Harvest

This summer my friend Kelli showed me her stash of red plastic coffee cans stacked neatly in a cupboard in her garage. She removed the black lid and scooped out a heaping handful of seeds, then let them fall back into the container again. She encouraged me to try it...Read more +
Apr 4, 2013

The Bigger Picture

“You did not make tenure,” said my supervisor. Essentially, I had just been told that my four years and some months on a state university faculty would soon come to an end. Ouch! Well, sort of “ouch.” In my mind I had already moved on to what I really wanted—to...Read more +
Dec 13, 2012

Where Would Jesus Hang Out?

Church leaders, have you wondered where to have your next meeting? Consider your local coffeehouse. "Taking your laptop to a coffee shop, or scheduling a face-to-face meeting over coffee instead of just making a quick phone call might seem less efficient. But I wonder: If Jesus were on earth today,...
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Jan 29, 2012

When Your Faith Should Be Silent

I remember the first time I met Dave. He had a simple job making minimum wage, but he was about to make a lasting impression on me. Navigating my car down the tight circles of the parking garage, I waited in line to pay the fee. I gave my money...Read more +
Feb 28, 2011

Lessons from Elite Leaders: Faith Postures in the Workplace, Part 4 of 8

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 Whether a leader takes a pragmatic, heroic, circumspect, or brazen approach in the workplace, there are risks and benefits to be considered. Laity Leadership Senior Fellow D. Michael...Read more +
Nov 24, 2010

Just a Lay Person?

Sue Mallory, in her book, The Equipping Church , admits: “I put off writing this book for a long time because I wasn’t sure I had an audience or a right to speak. After all, I thought, I’m just a layperson.” What had held her back? The self-fulfilling prophecy, “I’m...Read more +
Nov 21, 2010

Take a Number

Billy Graham once estimated that the average believer has twenty-five encounters with Christians before choosing to accept God’s gift of grace. The thing is, Billy said, the first twenty-four Christians think they had nothing to do with it. Number twenty-five thinks he had everything to do with it. This is...Read more +
Nov 8, 2010

Exploring the Nudge of the Spirit in Your Everyday Life

Through his teaching, speaking and writing, Len Sweet serves as both a church historian and futurist. In his book Nudge , he presents readers with a practical and approachable way to incorporate God into one's everyday life. Len's extensive bio, list of books and other information can be found at...Read more +
Mar 16, 2010

What am I Doing to Serve God?

I teach in a college and have two grown children. I’m aware of God. I know my Redeemer. I praise him in my daily life because I have to—because I know to. Life has been too difficult to do otherwise. I do more now than I could have ever done...Read more +
Dec 17, 2009

The Moment of Impact

I met this guy (we'll call him Joshua) on the street in a popular downtown area one night while he was waiting for a taxi. The first question that I asked him was, "How many brand names of beers can you name?" First there were the easy ones... Budweiser, Miller,...
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