One Who Fell and Put the Pieces Back Together Well

The news story first broke in June 1987; the one when my former senior pastor confessed to an adulterous affair. Assemblies of God pastor, Jim Bakker, received the mainstream press’ attention that year for his alleged sexual misconduct and financial … Continue reading

Why Doom and Gloom are Not the Way to Go

There will be ripples from the recent SCOTUS decision to permit same-sex marriage nationwide, but how far they will extend remains to be seen. Fear-mongers paint doom and gloom scenarios, and slippery slope skiers are lined up for a fast … Continue reading

The Power of Forgiveness on Display in Charleston

There’s power, mighty power, in the declarations of forgiveness made by the relatives and friends of Dylann Roof’s murder victims. Less than forty-eight hours after Roof opened fire in a Wednesday night prayer meeting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal … Continue reading

Grandma, the Twentieth Century and the iWatch

A banner headline on Apple’s web site announces, “The Watch is here.” Launch date for the iWatch was April 24, 2015 though only the earliest pre-orders could be fulfilled. There is buzz, there is hype, and there is momentum. The … Continue reading

New Years and Resolutions – Do You Make Them?

The start of a new year is like an odometer rolling to the next ten thousand mile marker. There’s a big number followed by a slew of zeroes, and you don’t know where you will travel before the next rollover. … Continue reading

#WhyIStayed? – A Question for Followers of Toxic Leaders*

After the release of the hotel elevator video of NFL player Ray Rice striking and knocking out his then fiancee, the #WhyIStayed hashtag trended on Twitter for days. Evidence of physical abuse is often visible, but evidence of emotional, sexual … Continue reading

Leadership is Tough: How to Respond When You’ve Messed Up

Being a leader with influence and power at your disposal is a precarious position at any time in history. Mark Driscoll is the most recent megachurch celebrity to be caught in the media spotlight.  The ouster of Driscoll and all Mars … Continue reading

Strange Things and Fire Storms

Celebrity pastors and leaders had their time in the spotlight this past week. I returned on Saturday from a twenty-four hour seminary course taught in a retreat format and discovered the blogosphere humming with the antics and doctrinal claims of several … Continue reading

Ananias and Sapphira: A Modern Political Version

For residents of Chicago and Illinois, headline stories of corrupt politicians and public employees are old hat.  When four of  the last seven governors of your state of residence have been convicted and served time, you become a little jaded. … Continue reading

Lance and “Limitless”

Lance Armstrong’s taped confession to Oprah scheduled to be aired this Thursday, January 17, 2013, brings to mind the concept and message underlying the 2011 movie, “Limitless“. In the movie, a writer, Eddie Morra, suffering from writer’s block discovers an experimental … Continue reading