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Takeaways with Kirk Cameron

Takeaways with Kirk Cameron

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Kirk Cameron on his Takeaways show. It was one of the most stimulating interviews I've ever done, largely because Kirk himself became so energized as we explored the power of biblical peacemaking. If you'd...

Another Abuse Scandal … and a Proactive Response

Another Abuse Scandal … and a Proactive Response

The Christian church has been rocked once again by a major sexual abuse scandal, which involves the largest protestant denomination in the United States. As one of last Sunday’s headlines read, “Southern Baptists Refused to Act on Abuse.” The subtitle to this article...

Has Your Strength Become a Weakness?

Has Your Strength Become a Weakness?

To find your greatest weakness, first identify your greatest strength and then look right behind it. That’s one of the tragic results of sin: it twists our strengths into weaknesses, just as (-1) x 100 becomes -100. Are you highly intelligent and well-studied in the...

Using Relational Wisdom for Evangelism

Using Relational Wisdom for Evangelism

How effective is your church in spreading the gospel in your community? Are you simply waiting for people to find their way to your church, or are you moving out into your community with a practical and winsome strategy for sharing the gospel and winning souls to...

How to Resurrect a Dead Relationship

How to Resurrect a Dead Relationship

A young couple came to my office just before Easter one year and asked me to mediate the legal issues of their divorce. The wife had been unfaithful, and their relationship had been shattered. They had argued, excused and blamed for a couple of weeks and finally given...

Overcoming Rejection

Overcoming Rejection

There are two things you and I were never designed to experience: death and rejection. That is why they both feel so foreign and hurt so much: they are utterly contrary to what we were made for. When God created the world, everything in it was “very good” (Gen. 1:31)....

Strike the Shepherd

Strike the Shepherd

Forced pastoral exits are costing the American church millions of dollars a year. The kingdom cost for these forced exits is far higher. Consider these sobering statistics: 23 percent of all current pastors in the United States have been fired or forced to resign from...

Build a Peace Sower Team in Your Church!

Build a Peace Sower Team in Your Church!

Moses made a major mistake that many church leaders are still making today. He tried to single-handedly resolve all of the relational tensions and conflicts among the people God had placed under his care. When his father-in-law saw what Moses was doing, he admonished...

The Best Way to Rewrite History

The Best Way to Rewrite History

Jerry’s wife had filed for divorce. She was willing to mediate the legal issues but made it clear she had no interest in reconciliation. Ted had a similar problem with his church. Months of unresolved tensions had overflowed in a contentious elders meeting, with a...

Reconciled by a Baby Moose

Reconciled by a Baby Moose

After two painfully intense mediation sessions, Dave and Don were still miles apart and more bitter than ever. Best friends since high school, Don had hired Dave to manage his construction crews. Working long hours together, they built a highly successful company. But...

Reconciling Two Stubborn Scientists

Reconciling Two Stubborn Scientists

How would you feel if God enabled you to use simple relational skills you learned in a Sunday school class to solve a million dollar problem for your employer? That’s exactly what a woman named Diane did when she stepped in to resolve an employee conflict that had...

Calling Our Nation to Prayer and Repentance

Calling Our Nation to Prayer and Repentance

One of the greatest privileges I’ve enjoyed in recent years has been to work with Christian leaders  who are seeking to live out their faith as they serve God and our nation in the U.S. Congress, at the Pentagon and in state legislatures across our land. One of the...

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