Lessons from a Hurricane for a Pandemic

Lessons from a Hurricane for a Pandemic

I still remember the moment I first saw the spaghetti models for Hurricane Florence heading right for us.  I’m not a native North Carolinian and most of the folks who’d grown up on the coast told me not worry too much until it was a lot closer, but...
7 Traits of Thriving Congregations:  Humility

7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Humility

A few years ago Jim Collins (author of Good to Great) partnered with the Harvard Business School to do a study of what he calls Level 5 leaders.  According to Collins, Level 5 leaders make a catalytic impact on the organizations they...
7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Hope

7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Hope

In the 1950’s a somewhat morbid experiment was conducted by a professor at Johns Hopkins University named Curt Richter.  He put wild rats in a container of water and forced them to swim as long as they could before drowning.  Most of the rats swam for only a few...
In-Dependence

In-Dependence

The very first church I pastored was the First Baptist Church of Rosebud, TX.  Rosebud wasn’t exactly a bustling metropolis.  We numbered 1459 residents back in the day.  I remember going to denominational meetings and professional gatherings and coveting the...