Eugene Peterson should be among the voices from whom every pastor seeks wisdom. In The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction, Peterson redefines the term pastor, gives insight into the invisible aspect of the pastor’s role, and offers the pastor examples of how the word can be made flesh anew through preaching […]Read more "The Contemplative Pastor: A Return to the Art of Spiritual Direction"
“Eventually the clock runs out. Whether our time ends suddenly … or it erodes over time … every one of us comes to an end. What then will be our contribution?” – Dr. Gayle Beebe Dr. Gayle Beebe, president of Westmont College, suggests that our lasting contribution comes through effective leadership. In his book, The […]Read more "The Shaping of an Effective Leader"
Mine was a love-hate affair with Leonard Sweet’s latest book, I Am a Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus. The premise of the book, “It’s never been about leading,” (from the front cover) has been a growing interest of mine in the midst of all the business-model-leadership books I have been asked […]Read more "Review of “I Am a Follower”"
Tomorrow is the Free Methodist Church of Southern California’s Annual Conference. In my experience these have been times of celebrating the explosion of ministry taking place in SoCal, recognizing those who have become Conference Ministers and ordaining elders. This year we get to make some decisions that will be difficult. Change, whether good or bad, […]Read more "Reflections on Leadership"
I have wanted to read this book since it first came out three years ago. I probably had it in my hands to purchase at least 10 times in the last three years. Why didn’t I? I don’t know. Maybe I thought reading about talking vegetables wasn’t very dignified. Perhaps God was waiting to use […]Read more "Me, Myself and Bob"
My pastoral coach recommended that I read this book. I did (Habit 1) and it has proved to be fruitful. I look forward to processing more and applying the principles and practices to my life. Definitely worth reading. Habit 1 – Be Proactive Life happens. When it does we must respond. We tend to respond […]Read more "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"