Nouwen on Power

Nouwen on Power

I’ve been writing about power and its misuse in the church recently. Today I was sorting through my notes and came upon this from Henri Nouwen. He sums the whole topic up perfectly. No further comment necessary. One of the greatest ironies of the history of...
Stop Assuming Character

Stop Assuming Character

I saw a recent post over on the Wartburg Watch. This site covers stories of abuse in the church, and they have been covering a story I mentioned a couple of weeks ago (it is at the end of the post under US Leaders).  In that story at the Wartburg Watch, the...
What is the Problem with Benefactors?

What is the Problem with Benefactors?

In the previous post, I shared what Luke recorded Jesus saying at the last supper.  “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest...
We Need a Paradigm Shift About Authority in the Church

We Need a Paradigm Shift About Authority in the Church

In one of last week’s posts, I made a strong statement concerning leadership and submission.  “If a church leader tells you that you must submit to them…you should run away…and fast. That is simply abusive and not what Jesus modelled for the...
A Surreal Year (part 3)

A Surreal Year (part 3)

This is part three of a series of posts I’ve written sharing some leadership experiences we have had over the past 12 years. Here are links to part 1 and part 2. I have also written a short post about why I am sharing this now. This has been the most challenging...
Mind the Gap – (context for previous posts)

Mind the Gap – (context for previous posts)

Recently I have been sharing some of my church leadership encounters. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about church war rooms. And this week, I shared a bit of Liz and my story over the past decade-plus. I want to explain why I am sharing these stories (here &...