Chaotic change is an uninvited guest. Like an unplanned extra person at an already too-small table, everything seems forced. Decisions have to be made before their time. People have to make room, take on new roles, or change habits even while leading.
If you have been a leader for very long, you have heard the question, "Why do we need to change?” In 1967, British Prime…
Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian pastor, but I believe that actually he was a Methodist deep down inside. Why do I say that? I don’t know anyone who more fully lived out the concept of “prevenient grace.”
Note from the Editor: This weekend we're pleased to highlight this sermon from our friend Rev. Shaun Marshall. Exploring the question of how to…
“There is still a stigma about dealing with mental illness publicly. Shame and stigma keep us from dealing with mental or emotional brokenness.”
“When Christ is squeezed from the Body of Christ by our own priorities and agenda as a congregation or through our busyness as leaders or disciples, what is left is little more than a corpse masquerading as a church.”
“Some of the gestures clergy have pointed out as most meaningful also reflect the particular challenges they face.”
“It wasn’t until I came to the U.S. as an immigrant that I was given this label or identity of being a Hispanic.”
When change “just happens,” it never happens to move the organization’s goals forward.
What’s happening here? Elijah experienced a huge letdown. Even more, he experienced it in the midst of being faithful. He was wondering what he did wrong and if he was the person that he thought he was, if he was the right person for the job. Perhaps he thought to himself, “I did something wrong; it is my fault,” or, “I have been let down by God.”