Last night my wife and I attended our own small group, and as would be expected one week before one of our nation’s most historic holidays, Thanksgiving, the topic we covered was all about thankfulness; what it means and what we as individuals are thankful for.

It got me thinking though.  Have you noticed that Christmas seems to be creeping up in the calendar more and more every year?  Each year it seems Thanksgiving gets more and more hidden behind the Christmas tree, Black Friday, continuous Christmas songs on the radio, and stores decked out for all the Christmas shoppers.  Certainly, we still see Thanksgiving in commercials, parades, football games, and in specially marked isles at the store.  But, infused in the midst of it all is the massive dominance of Christmas’ future arrival.  It almost seems that mainstream America see’s Thanksgiving as a necessary nuisance along the path to gifts and eggnog. Continue reading “Thanksgiving”

The Faith, Hope, and Love of a Christian Leader

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

– 1 Corinthians 13:13

Leadership is a topic of deep conversation, debate, and strong opinion within our culture today.  Many believe that leadership is about demanding results.  Others feel it is an art of persuasion.  Some think leadership is about power and dominance.  Still others feel that leadership is simply an expression of intellect.  And to some degree or another, there is a place for all of this within leadership – minus the dominance, that is.  A good leader does produce consistent results, has a strong gift of persuasion, knows how to yield power, and carries influential intelligence.  Leadership, however, goes a bit deeper than all this.  As believers, through the gift of scripture, we have access to what the One who personifies true leadership says about it, and thus, the Christian leader efforts to add His characteristics to their life.

There are many passages we could focus on, or dive into.  For now, I’d like to lean upon the words of the Apostle Paul found in the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13.  This famous chapter of scripture concludes with one of the more well-known verses, and in it, the Apostle Paul shares with us three major words; faith, hope, and love.  Though one would not normally attach these words to leadership, I do believe that they are foundational for those who lead within the Christian faith.

Let’s dive into each of these words individually. Continue reading “The Faith, Hope, and Love of a Christian Leader”