America: A City on a Hill?

  As the cofounder and president of a global family of churches and campus ministries, I try to avoid commenting on local or national events. That is the role of local church pastors and regional team leaders. However, the violent and tragic events that...

Consecrate Yourself

As we have for many years, next week, Every Nation people around the world are joining together for a week of prayer, fasting, and consecration. As we prepare for this week together, I’d like to look at Joshua 3 and make three observations about Israel’s...

My Top 10 Books of 2020

Three times in the past week, different leaders from around the world have asked me to recommend books on various topics pertaining to leadership. I took that as a gentle reminder that it is time to post my annual top ten book list.  As you peruse my list,...

Rethinking Christmas Gifts

In this video, I retell the infamous story of “The Christmas Eve Disaster.” Though these events happened over thirty years ago, I remember them like it was yesterday. As embarrassing (and frustrating) as it was at the time, I am so thankful that little...

There is No Leadership Shortage

When I talk with pastors around the world, one of the most common challenges that pastors bring up is their leadership shortages. Sometimes I give them a suggestion if someone comes to mind, but more often than not I challenge them to take a second look at...

A Wretch Like Me

In this video, I look at what Paul says in Romans 7 & 8 about the “wretched” human condition and God’s solution to our predicament. I also look at the life of one historical figure who was once a self-professed “wretch” and by God’s grace became an adopted...

Leadership Lessons from 605 BC

As we think about crisis leadership in 2020, I want to look back to the year 605 BC when the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem and took as captives the best young men of the city, including Daniel. How did Daniel respond to this massive...

A Post-Election Post: Kings and Kingdoms Will All Pass Away

While my wife was watching the USA election results last night, I was on a Zoom call with an Every Nation leader who serves as our national director in a restricted nation, where the military and police regularly harass Christians, arrest pastors, and close churches.

Thoughts on Electoral Politics

Considering that the Bible has little to say about electoral politics (they didn’t have elections back then), let’s take a cue from John Wesley who gave this advice to people in his church on the eve of a contentious election: Vote for whom you think is...